HC Deb 18 February 1957 vol 565 c15W
Mr. Kimball

asked the Minister of Health how many dental students began their training in 1954, 1955, and 1956; and to what extent the number of students falls short of the future needs of the profession.

Mr. Vosper

The numbers who started the first year of their professional course at English dental schools in the academic years 1954–5, 1955–6 and 1956–7 were 381, 494 and 509 respectively; the Committee on Recruitment to the Dental Profession estimated that Great Britain needed 800 new dentists each year, of which, on the basis of present distribution, the share of England and Wales would be about 700.