§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what proportion of the UK population receives fluoridated drinking water; what measures are being taken to ensure 583W that the systems for the control of dosage will not be affected by the millennium bug; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Meale
About 10 per cent. of the population receives fluoridated drinking water supplies. The Drinking Water Inspectorate, during its inspections of water companies in England and Wales in 1998, examined the companies' general arrangements for maintaining the wholesomeness and quality of their supplies both during and after the millennium. The Inspectorate was satisfied with the progress being made by companies and will continue to keep the matter under surveillance during 1999.