HC Deb 25 May 1976 vol 912 cc98-9W
16. Mr. Brotherton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will set up an inquiry into the need for a positive policy on preventive dentistry.

Dr. Owen

The consultative document "Prevention and Health: Everybody's Business", published in March 1976, discussed preventive dental health measures and recognised fluoridation of water supplies as the best means of reducing dental decay in the community. This will be followed by a series of more detailed papers on specific aspects of prevention. We shall also consider any recommendations on preventive dentistry made by the Social Services and Employment Sub-Committee on the Expenditure Committee of this House, at present considering preventive medicine, and of the Child Health Services Committee chaired by Professor Court.