27 Oct 2010

Parliament - Earl Howe: Yes, we are planning to issue new guidance

26 Oct 2010 : Column WA257
Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 July 2009 (WA 278-9) and Baroness Thornton on 4 March 2010 (WA 272-3), whether in issuing revised guidance to the National Health Service about the evidence surrounding water fluoridation they will give due weight to the findings of the "York" systematic review in 2000 concerning potential health risks including dental fluorosis, and to publications about the study on the bioavailability of fluoride in water by the University of Newcastle that have appeared subsequently to its first report in 2004.[HL2622]

Earl Howe: Yes, we are planning to issue new guidance based on all the evidence now available after the outcome is known of the judicial review of South Central Strategic Health Authority's decision to fluoridate Southampton and parts of south-west Hampshire. We will be consulting interested organisations and individuals about the guidance including the noble Earl.

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