HC Deb 08 March 1957 vol 566 c118W
Mrs. Hill

asked the Minister of Health what is the annual cost of the repair of dental appliances; what evidence he has found of deficiency in the technical processes or in the materials used; and whether he is satisfied that money spent in research and development work would not result in some economy.

Mr. Vosper

The cost to the general dental service of repairs to dental appliances is about £1 million a year in England and Wales. Conditions as to the materials to be used in the making of dental appliances are prescribed by Regulation and I have no evidence suggesting that undue expenditure on repairs is being caused by deficiencies in the technical processes or materials employed. A number of bodies are undertaking research into dental materials and last year my predecessor appointed a Committee under the Chairmanship of Sir William Kelsey Fry to help to co-ordinate their activities.