HC Deb 14 January 1985 vol 71 cc5-6W
Mr. Rooker

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent medical research evidence he considered before introducing the Water (Fluoridation) Bill.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

[pursuant to the reply, 9 January 1985, c. 480]: I have been asked to reply.

The relevant medical and scientific evidence has been considered, including that placed before Lord Jauncey in the Strathclyde court case, and subsequent studies. In particular, a comprehensive review of the epidemiological evidence has recently been completed by a working party on fluoride and cancer, chaired by Professor E. G. Knox. This report has been published today and copies are available in the Vote Office. On this basis our medical and scientific advisers have been able to give authorities advice as to the safety of fluoridation.