HC Deb 20 June 1972 vol 839 cc63-4W
68. Mr. Edward Lyons

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in the light of the Report and Survey of the British Dental Health Foundation, a copy of which is in his possession, he will introduce legislation to abolish or reduce dental charges.

Sir K. Joseph

No. The new system of charges introduced last year was designed to give patients a financial incentive to visit their dentists regularly. About 60 per cent. of all courses of treatment do not attract a charge either because the patient is exempt or the treatment is free, and of those patients liable to pay a charge many pay no more and some pay less than under the former system. The Government also extended and considerably improved the arrange- ments for financial help to those patients who were not exempt from dental charges.