§ Mr. L. Thomas
asked the Minister of Health the total cost of the inquiry into the dental treatment received by a patient, the name of whom has been supplied, and whose dental practitioner was fined 12s. 6d. by the Kent and Canterbury Executive Council, and subsequently refunded by his Department; and whether he will issue instructions to committees, in future, not to spend public money on such investigations.
§ Mr. Walker-Smith
I have written to my hon. Friend about this case and have explained that it involved no direct expense. I am satisfied that, on the information initially before them, the Executive Council was fully justified in making an investigation.