HC Deb 07 November 1960 vol 629 cc20-1W
Mr. Idwal Jones

asked the Minister of Education in how many North Wales Education Authority areas the school dental service is below strength; and if he will state the extent in each case.

Sir D. Eccles

On the recommended basis of one school dentist to 3,000 children, Merionethshire was fully staffed on 30th June, 1960, and Anglesey was short by the equivalent of only .4 of a dentist. The position in the remaining areas—expressed in terms of full-time dentists—was as follows:

Local Education Authority Number of dentists required Number of dentists in post Shortage
Caernarvonshire 6.3 4.5 1.8
Denbighshire 9.6 4.5 5.1
Flintshire 8.4 4.7 3.7
Montgomeryshire 2.5 1.4 1.1

The six authorities together had over 60 per cent. of their total requirements; the comparable figure for England and Wales as a whole was 45 per cent.