§ Mrs. Ewing
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why he is unable to provide details of waiting time for dental treatment in remote areas; and if he will take steps to obtain such information in respect of representative remote areas.
§ Mr. Ross
This information could only be obtained from individual practitioners. Time of waiting for appointments will vary widely between areas, between practices in each area and from time to time within practices. Any "average" waiting time would not be meaningful and accordingly I do not consider inquiry of practitioners would be justified.