HC Deb 01 July 1957 vol 572 cc693-4
64. Sir K. Joseph

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the doubts that have been expressed in certain districts on the Government's policy on fluoridation, he will make a statement.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

Yes, Sir. The demonstrations which are taking place in Andover, Anglesey, Kilmarnock and Watford have the Government's full and wholehearted support. Experience in the United States of America has shown how the addition of minute quantities of fluoride to water supplies which are naturally deficient in this respect can lead to a notable reduction in dental caries, which is, unfortunately, so prevalent among our children and young people. The demonstrations which are being carried out here, in close consultation with the Health Departments, are designed to show that the same results can be achieved in this country, and I am glad to have this opportunity of expressing the Government's appreciation and gratitude for the initiative and foresight shown by all these local authorities in taking part in them.

Mr. Hastings

Is the Minister aware that the amount of dental decay among young children is increasing year by year in this country, or has been increasing recently? Will he speed these researches so that their results may be made available more widely in the country?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

We attach very great importance indeed to these demonstrations and to all that they may mean for the future dental health of the children of the country.

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