§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how much was provided in grants to the Fluoridation Society by(a) his Department and (b) the Health Education Authority and Health Education Council during 1986–87 and 1987–88.
§ Mrs. Currie
The Department provided the society with grants of £20,000 in each of the years 1986–87 and 1987–88. The Health Education Council provided a grant of £15,000 in 1986–87 and the Health Education Authority a grant of £13,000 in 1987–88. We intend to increase the centrally funded payments for the addition of fluoride to water, as set out in the White Paper — "Promoting Better Health" (Cm. 249) — as we regard it as an important and cost-effective measure against dental caries.