HC Deb 15 March 1951 vol 485 cc1736-7
8. Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

asked the Minister of Health what was the annual intake of dental schools in the years 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950, respectively.

Mr. Marquand

The figures are 641. 654, 662, 611 and 606 respectively.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

In view of the recent decrease in numbers how long does the right hon. Gentleman think it will be before there is an adequate number of dentists in the country?

Mr. Marquand

The recent decrease is explained by the fact that during the war there was a lowered intake and, therefore, in the first few years after the war it was possible to increase the entry. It is now necessary to get a balance, and the numbers have been slightly reduced. I agree that the total intake is not satisfactory in the country as a whole.