§ 36. Mrs. Ann Winterton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's funding of the use of palladium-based precious metals in dentistry. 
§ Mr. Hutton
Precious metal casting alloys for use in the General Dental Services (GDS) must contain not less than 33⅓ per cent. fine gold, platinum or palladium. Decisions on any particular precious metal alloy is a matter for the individual dentist.
Fees for items of service in the GDS are adjusted annually in line with the recommendations of the independent Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration.