HC Deb 05 November 1980 vol 991 c600W
Mr. Best

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the original capital cost and the current annual expenditure involved in artificially fluoridating water supplies.

Sir George Young

The information requested is not held centrally. The decision to seek the introduction of fluoridation is for area health authorities. Although proportional grants towards the capital cost of new fluoridation schemes from centrally reserved funds have been made since 1976 to health authorities who have applied, much of the original capital cost, some of it prior to 1976, and all the annual expenditure, has been borne by health authorities.