HC Deb 16 February 1959 vol 600 cc22-3
59. Mr. Blenkinsop

asked the Minister of Health when the experimental scheme for the training of ancillary dental workers provided for under the Dentists Act, 1957, is to commence.

Mr. Walker-Smith

I have been asked to reply as representing the Lord President of the Council.

I understand that the General Dental Council has made considerable progress with the preparation of its experimental scheme, but that it is not yet possible to give a precise date when training will commence.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Does the Minister realise that a great deal hangs on success in starting this scheme, as we are very short of dentists, and will be shorter still? Will he, therefore, do his best to get this scheme through, even if there is opposition from the Treasury?

Mr. Walker-Smith

I am fully aware of the importance of this matter, as is my noble and learned Friend. I cannot give a precise date for the commencing date of the training, as there is a good deal yet to do, but I can assure the hon. Gentleman that there will be no unnecessary delay.

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