§ Sir A. WILSON
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he can furnish a statement of new capital issues on the London market for the years 1929–33 in a form comparable with that given at page 46 of Cmd. 3331 (1929)?
§ Mr. COOPER
The following table gives the information for which my hon. and gallant Friend asks:
average proportion of the cost of treatment paid by approved societies who give dental treatment as an additional benefit?
Sir H. YOUNG
The total number of approved societies in Great Britain is 917, of which 26 are divided into branches, each branch being a separate financial unit. The total number of 2303W branches is about 6,600. As the membership of societies and branches varies between less than 100 and more than 2,000,000 any figures of the number of societies and branches giving dental benefit do not give any indication of the extent to which that benefit is available to insured persons. This is best indicated by saying that out of the total insured population of about 12,000,0410 men and 6,000,000 women the numbers 2304W who are members of approved societies or branches giving dental benefit are about 9,000,000 and 2,000,000 respectively. The minimum proportion of the cost of treatment payable by any society or branch is 50 per cent., and the great majority of societies have adopted this proportion. Some of the more prosperous societies pay a higher proportion and a few pay the whole cost of the treatment.