§ Mr. Paul Marsden
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much additional Government money is available to Shropshire Health Authority for establishing extra NHS dentists. 151W
§ Mr. Milburn
We have made £9 million available to health authorities in England for Investing in Dentistry schemes in 1997–98 and a further £10 million for 1998–99. This is not apportioned to health authorities, but will be spent according to need as proposals are received and considered. Shropshire Health Authority has submitted eight Investing in Dentistry proposals, of which one has so far been approved at a cost of £45,000.