HC Deb 01 March 1951 vol 484 cc321-2W
110. Mr. Hollis

asked the Minister of Education how many dentists are at present giving their whole-time services to the School Dental Service; and how many children are entitled to the use of that service.

Mr. Tomlinson

Precise figures are not available, but at the end of last year den- tists employed in this service were giving time to school work equivalent to that of 717 full-time officers. The duty of local education authorities to secure the provision of medical and dental treatment for pupils in maintained schools extends to approximately 5½ million children.