Will not the right hon. and learned Gentleman agree that it is time to review the position, especially in view of the statutory registration of opticians? Is it not time that the matter was considered in the light of the changed conditions which now exist?
The statutory registration contained in the Opticians Act of last Session is not related to one of the main problems in this connection. As the hon. Member knows, many ophthalmic and dispensing opticians are employed by firms or companies which do not work wholly within the National Health Service but do a large proportion of their work on matters quite outside it.