HC Deb 01 May 1973 vol 855 cc261-2W
28. Mr. Jessel

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the average length of time taken by the Dental Estimates Board to decide on applications for dental treatment.

Mr. Alison

A recent check by the board showed that, including weekends and public holidays, nearly 89 per cent. of estimates for treatment—other than orthodontic treatment—requiring prior approval were approved within seven days of receipt and nearly 94 per cent. within 10 days.