1 Citation, commencement, interpretation and application

(1)    These Regulations may be cited as the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Amendment Regulations 2007 and shall come into force on 1st April 2007.

(2)    These Regulations apply in relation to England.

(3)    In these Regulations “the Optical Regulations” means the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Regulations 1997.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see para (1) above.

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see para (2) above.

2 Amendment to the Optical Regulations

2Amendment to the Optical Regulations

In regulation 19 (redemption value of voucher for replacement or repair)—

(a)    in paragraph (1)(b), for “£49.20” substitute “£50.50”; and

(b)    in paragraph (3), for “£12.70” substitute “£13.00”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see reg 1(1).

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see reg 1(2).

3 Amendments to the Schedules to the Optical Regulations

3Amendments to the Schedules to the Optical Regulations

(1)    In Schedule 1 to the Optical Regulations (voucher letter codes and face values-supply and replacement) in column (3) of the table (face value of voucher), for each amount specified in column (1) of the table below substitute the amount specified in relation to it in column (2) of the table below.

(1)(2)
Old amountNew amount
£33.70£34.60
£51.20£52.60
£74.90£76.90
£169.10£173.70
£58.20£59.80
£74.00£76.00
£95.90£98.50
£185.90£190.90
£173.20£177.90
£49.20£50.50

(2)    In Schedule 2 to the Optical Regulations (prisms, tints, photochromic lenses, small and special glasses and complex appliances)—

(a)    in paragraph 1(1)(a), for “£11.00” substitute “£11.30”;

(b)    in paragraph (1)(1)(b), for “£13.10” substitute “£13.50”;

(c)    in paragraph 1(1)(c), for “£3.70” substitute “£3.80”;

(d)    in paragraph 1(1)(d), for “£4.20” substitute “£4.30”;

(e)    in paragraph 1(1)(e), for “£55.50”, “£49.20” and “£26.60” substitute “£57.00”, “£50.50” and “£27.30” respectively;

(f)    in paragraph 1(1)(g), for “£55.50” substitute “£57.00”;

(g)    in paragraph 2(a), for “£12.70” substitute “£13.00”; and

(h)    in paragraph 2(b), for “£32.10” substitute “£33.00”.

(3)    For Schedule 3 to the Optical Regulations (voucher values-repair), substitute the Schedule 3 set out in the Schedule to these Regulations.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see reg 1(1).

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see reg 1(2).

4 Transitional Provision

4Transitional Provision

The amounts substituted by regulations 2 and 3 shall apply only in relation to a voucher accepted or used pursuant to regulation 12 or regulation 17 of the Optical Regulations on or after 1st April 2007.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see reg 1(1).

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see reg 1(2).

Signature

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Health

Rosie Winterton

Minister of State,

Department of Health

22nd February 2007

SCHEDULE Schedule 3 to the Optical Regulations as Substituted by these Regulations

SCHEDULE  Schedule 3 to the Optical Regulations as Substituted by these Regulations Regulation 3(3)“SCHEDULE 3
Voucher Values Repair Regulation 19(2) and (3)
(1)
Nature of Repair
(2)
Letter of Codes—Values
ABCDEFGHI
£££££££££
Repair or replacement of one lens10.8019.8031.9580.3523.4031.5042.7588.9582.45
Repair or replacement of two lenses21.6039.6063.90160.7046.8063.0085.50177.90164.90
Repair or replacement of:
The front of a frame11.0511.0511.0511.0511.0511.0511.0511.0511.05
A side of a frame6.556.556.556.556.556.556.556.556.55
The whole frame13.0013.0013.0013.0013.0013.0013.0013.0013.00.”
NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 April 2007: see reg 1(1).

Extent

These Regulations apply to England only: see reg 1(2).

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Order)

These Regulations amend the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) Regulations 1997 (“the Optical Regulations”) which provide for payments to be made by means of a voucher system in respect of costs incurred by certain categories of persons in connection with the supply, replacement and repair of optical appliances.

Regulation 2 amends regulation 19 to increase the redemption value of a voucher issued towards the cost of replacement of a single contact lens and to increase the maximum contribution by way of voucher to the cost of repair of a frame.

Regulation 3 and the Schedule amend the Schedules to the Optical Regulations to increase the value of vouchers issued towards the costs of the supply and replacement of glasses and contact lenses, to increase the additional values for vouchers for prisms, tints, photochromic lenses and special categories of appliances and to increase the value of vouchers issued towards the cost of the repair and replacement of optical appliances. The rate of increase in the value of vouchers in these Regulations is approximately 2.7%.

These Regulations do not impose a cost on business.