§ Mr. Younger
asked the Minister of Health what increase there has been in the cost of silver alloy for use by the dental profession since devaluation; and what arrangements he is making to compensate dentists for the extra costs to them.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
Silver alloy used in dentistry is marketed under a variety of brand names. Since 1st November, 1967, the prices of two of the more popular brands have increased from 26s. 0d. to 32s. 8d. and from 27s. 9d. to 30s. l0d. an ounce, no doubt largely on account of increases in the world price of silver. Substantial discounts are available to those who purchase larger quantities.
Variations in dentists' expenses is one of the factors taken into account by the Dental Rates Study Group in fixing a scale of fees which will yield, on average, the target net income recommended by the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration.