HC Deb 16 July 1968 vol 768 cc189-90W
Mr. Fortescue

asked the Minister of Health (1) what evidence he has received on the effect of fluoridation of water supplies between the circular in August, 1965 and the recent circular of 20th June, 1968 sent to all local authorities urging them to adopt this measure;

(2) what steps have been taken to establish the effects of fluoridation of water supplies on the general health of those living in the area.

Mr. K. Robinson

Very extensive research has been undertaken which is reviewed in Appendix 8 of the Report on the Conduct of Fluoridation Studies in the United Kingdom and in other standard works.

Two reports were published in 1966, one of a very thorough investigation into fluoridation by a commission of inquiry appointed by the South African Government and the other on the incidence of rheumatic conditions in an English fluoridation area—which added to the already existing substantial body of evidence confirming the value of this important preventive measure.