To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) what the estimated value is of HC2 and HC3 certificates issued between 2000-01 and 2006-07 to (a) students and (b) people aged under 25 years;
(2) how many people who applied for health cost exemptions with an HC1 form who received neither an HC2 or HC3 certificate between 2000-01 and 2006-07 were (a) students and (b) people aged under 25 years.
Information is not available about the value of National Health Service Low Income Scheme certificates HC2 and HC3. It is not possible to collect data about how an individual uses their certificate.
Information is not available about the number of students or people aged less than 25 who make an HC1 claim and did not receive a certificate HC2 or HC3.
People who apply on an HC1 may not receive either a HC2 or HC3 for three main reasons. They may fail to respond to requests for further information to enable an accurate assessment to proceed, they might have capital over the maximum limit or they may already be exempt on other grounds, for example, because they are in receipt of income support.