§ Mr. Paterson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he plans to expand the number of dental access centres in Shropshire. 
§ Yvette Cooper
Since 1999 we have invested over £1.5 million in the Shropshire dental access centre (DAC). The DAC currently operates from six sites. Two new sites are planned to open in the early months of this year.
Central funding has been approved to employ an extra dentist in the Oswestry site of the DAC from April 2002.