HC Deb 11 December 1967 vol 756 c9
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.