HC Deb 02 December 1982 vol 33 cc269-70W
Mr. Shersby

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what evidence he has as to the correlation between the availability of fluoride toothpaste in the United Kingdom and the incidence of dental caries.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

The reasons for the reduction in dental caries in this country are thought to be complex and are a matter for continuing research. It is however services, but they plainly have to weigh up the needs in this area against those of other priority groups, like the elderly, mentally ill and mentally handicapped.

Mrs. Reneé Short

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many postpartum mothers with their babies have been denied neonatal intensive care in each of the London regions in 1979–80, 1980–81 and 1981–82.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

I regret that this information is not available.