27 Apr 2011

House of Lords

Asked by Baroness Gardner of Parkes

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of the High Court decision on the water fluoridation scheme in Southampton, they will encourage other health authorities to consult on the introduction of similar schemes elsewhere. [HL8552]

Earl Howe: The Chief Dental Officer has advised primary care trusts with high levels of tooth decay to consider requesting their strategic health authority to undertake public consultation on the fluoridation of their water supplies. The Government's policy is that decisions on fluoridation should be taken locally.

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