HC Deb 07 May 1996 vol 277 c25W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of five-year-old children in Wales had dental caries in(a) 1990, (b) 1992 and (c) 1995; and if he will make a statement. [27419]

Mr. Richards

Every two years the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry conducts a sample survey of dental caries prevalence in children aged five throughout Great Britain. From the results of these surveys it is estimated that the mean percentage of five-year-old children in Wales for whom there was evidence of caries experience in 1989–90 was 57 per cent. in 1991–92 it was 59 per cent. and in 1993–94, the latest year for which information is available, it was 54 per cent. Information for 1995–96 is not yet available.