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Volume 938: debated on Thursday 10 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what negotiations have taken place with Rio Tinto Zinc for the supply of fluoride to the National Health Service or area water authorities; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply.The procurement of fluoride for water fluoridation is a matter for the individual statutory water undertakers not the National Health Service, and I have no knowledge of the arrangements they make for this purpose.