§ 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. 
§ 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.