§ 26. Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will rearrange the timetable for the appointment of dental officers in the new National Health Service administration to ensure that the appointment of district dental officers follows the appointment of area dental officers and not vice versa as provided in the existing arrangements.
§ Sir K. Joseph
It has always been the intention to appoint area dental officers before district dental officers. The area posts were advertised at the beginning of this month, and it has now been decided not to appoint district officers until the area officers have been able to assess the needs of their areas.