HC Deb 13 February 1967 vol 741 cc3-4W
73. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Health in view of the fact that treatment in the absence of medical supervision is a breach of law, if he will modify his instructions accordingly in the matter of fluoridation of drinking water supplies.

Mr. K. Robinson

My hon. Friend is under a misapprehension and in any case adjustment of the fluoride content of water to the recommended level of 1 part per million is preventive and not treatment of illness. I have given no instructions in the matter.

76. Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Minister of Health what studies have been made of the possible cumulative effect of fluoridation of public water supplies on fruit, vegetables, meat and other foodstuffs.

Mr. K. Robinson

A detailed study by members of my Fluoridation Research Committee took into account reports of research from Government Departments, universities and research laboratories in this and many other countries, and confirmed that fluoridation of water supplies has no significant effect, harmful or otherwise, on foodstuffs.