HC Deb 17 July 1997 vol 298 c300W
Ms Julie Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what statistics he has collated about how many dentists are using mercury in teeth fillings; what studies he has made of the toxic side effects of mercury fillings on children; and if he will make a statement. [9103]

Mr. Milburn

Out of 14,512 dentists who received payment under the General Dental Services for at least one filling in the quarter April to June 1997, we estimate that 13,600 received a payment for at least one amalgam filling. Evaluation of relevant, scientific research by authoritative national and international expert committees has indicated no risk of systemic toxicity and only a few cases of hypersensitivity. The Department continues to monitor and evaluate research in this area.