§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the adult population had no natural teeth in(a) 1983, (b) 1993 and (c) at the latest date for which figures are available. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
The proportion of the adult population with no natural teeth in 1978, 1988 and 1998 is shown in the following table. This data are available from the Adult Dental Health Survey, which is carried out every 10 years and covers adults aged 16 years and over in the United Kingdom.
Percentage of the adult
population with no natural teeth
1978 30 1988 21 1998 13
Adult Dental Health Survey,1998.