HC Deb 08 February 1951 vol 483 cc1916-7
22. Squadron Leader A. E. Cooper

asked the Minister of Education if he is yet in a position to make a statement regarding salaries for school dental officers; or what steps he proposes to take to bring the present negotiations to a conclusion without further delay.

Mr. Tomlinson

I understand that at their meeting on 31st January last, the Dental Whitley Council reached a substantial measure of agreement and that they hope to make an announcement as soon as a number of associated details have been settled.

Squadron Leader Cooper

As, in building up the health of the nation, the school dental service developed under successive Conservative Governments played an important and vital role, is not it high time that a decision was reached on this matter?

Mr. Tomlinson

That is why I am most anxious that the Council should be allowed to get on with it.

37. Mr. Hollis

asked the Minister of Education whether dentists employed by local education authorities are permitted to indulge in private practice.

Mr. Tomlinson

This is a matter for the local education authority, and I have no information as to the extent to which school dental officers also undertake private practice.

Mr. Hollis

Would it be possible to get more information about the recommendation from the Kent Education Committee, because it would be interesting to know whether their example is being widely followed throughout the country?

Mr. Tomlinson

I will make some inquiries.