§ Mr. Sarwar
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to improve access to NHS dental services in Scotland. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
The Scottish Dental Access Initiative, launched in August 1997, offers grants to dentists setting up or expanding practices in areas of unmet demand for NHS general dental services. This month I approved an extension of the Initiative to offer grants to NHS dentists with strategies to increase patient registrations in areas of high oral health need.