§ 27. Mrs. Knight
asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the increases in the charges for dental laboratory services, he will now take steps to increase the remuneration of dentists.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
No, Sir. No general increase in charges by dental laboratories have recently been brought to my attention.
§ Mrs. Knight
Is the Minister not aware that not only the cost of materials for work done generally in dental laboratories but also the effects of Selective Employment Tax have contributed to greatly increased charges in those laboratories? Will he please look at the facts again?
§ Mr. Robinson
They have been looked at. The level of dentists' fees has been fixed so as to allow for any rising trend in practice expenses and still to provide dentists, on average, with the target net income of £3,325 which was recommended by the independent review body. It is expected that this target will be achieved.