Public Expenditure

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th January 1968.

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Photo of Dr John Dunwoody Dr John Dunwoody , Falmouth and Camborne 12:00 am, 16th January 1968

Would my right hon. Friend agree that the reintroduction of prescription charges at a higher rate than before, with initially no greater exclusions than before, in the middle of the winter months, appears to run contrary to Government assurances that the weaker sections of the community would be protected from the full blast of the economic crisis? Would he further agree that many of us feel that to come to a fair and adequate definition of the chronic sick will be well-nigh impossible for the purpose of exclusion?