20 Jul 2011

House of Lords Questions

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the extent of individual daily variations in water intake in populations targeted by water fluoridation schemes.[HL10813]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe): Information from food and diet surveys suggests that in the United Kingdom the average consumption of drinking water, including beverages made up with drinking water, is between one and two litres per day. No specific information is held centrally on areas with fluoridated schemes.

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 7 December 2010 (WA 34-5), 7 February (WA 17-8), 26 April (WA 48), and 17 May (WA 300), which concerned errors in information provided to the public by the National Fluoride Information Centre, whether they will commission an organisation without links to the dental profession to prepare and maintain future updates of the findings of the 2000 systematic review of water fluoridation by the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York.[HL10814]

Earl Howe: We agree that a multidisciplinary approach is required to monitor and evaluate the effects of fluoridation, albeit with a substantial dental contribution in assessing the effects on oral health. We will take account of the noble Earl's views in commissioning future research.

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