HC Deb 28 July 1943 vol 391 cc1616-7W
Sir W. Smiles

asked the Home Secretary whether a prisoner suffering from toothache has to pay 2s. 6d. to have a tooth extracted?

Mr. H. Morrison

A prisoner who is suffering pains caused by a tooth which should be extracted, and who has no funds available, is given the necessary dental treatment free of charge. A prisoner is expected to pay the dentist's fee if he has the necessary funds available, but the principle is that any dental treatment necessary to relieve pain should not be either delayed or denied on financial grounds.