§ Mr. Llwyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many patients were registered with NHS dental practices in(a) 1980, (b) 1985, (c) 1990 and (d) 1995, showing this as a percentage of the population of Wales. 
§ Mr. Richards
Information on the number of patients registered with general dental practitioners in Wales was collected centrally—by the Dental Practice Board—for the first time at the end of 1990. However, as it took some time for patients to register, meaningful data were not available until 1991. The available information is given in the following table:
Number of patients registered Percentage of population 30 September 1991 1,229,875 43 30 September 19951 1,622,426 56 1 1994 population figure has been used to calculate the percentage as 1995 data is not yet available.