§ Mr. Paterson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of children of school age are registered with an NHS dentist in(a) North Shropshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England. 
§ Mr. Lammy
The table shows the estimated percentages of children aged between five and 16 years who are registered with a general dental service (GDS) dentist at 13 April 2003 in Shropshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) areas, West Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA) areas and England.
General Dental Service: Percentage of children aged five to 16 registered with a GDS dentist, 13 April 2003 PCT/SHA Percentage of children aged five to 16 registered with a GDS dentist Shropshire County PCT 75.0 Telford and Wrekin PCT 80.3 Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA 72.2 Birmingham and the Black Country SHA 64.2 Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire SHA 72.5 England 71.9
The population data for SHAs are based on ONS supplied local authority population. For PCTs the population data are based on GP registered patients constrained ONS resident populations.
Estimates have been used for 15 and 16 year olds in PCTs.
Registrations lapse if patients do not return to their dentist within 15 months and so the registration figures exclude patients who have not been to their CDS dentist within the past 15 months. Also excluded from the figures are patients who receive dental treatment from other national health service dental services, including dental access centres.