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Volume 960: debated on Friday 15 December 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in the Official Report the area health authorities which have voted in favour of artificial fluoridation of the public water supply, together with the county, district and parish councils in the areas covered by the health authorities and the decisions which those elected bodies have made on fluoridation.

The following area health authorities in England have so far decided in favour of seeking to introduce this valuable preventive health measure in their areas. The remainder of the Question could be answered only at disproportionate cost, but I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Belfast, South (Mr. Bradford) on 13th December 1978.—[Vol. 960, c. 232–3.]

Northern region

Cleveland ; Cumbria ; Durham ; Northumberland ; Gateshead ; Newcastle-upon-Tyne ; South Tyneside ; Sunderland.

Yorkshire region

North Yorkshire; Bradford; Calderdale Kirklees ; Leeds ; Wakefield.

Trent region

Derbyshire; Leicestershire; Lincolnshire; Nottinghamshire; Doncaster ; Rotherham:Sheffield.

East Anglia region

Cambridgeshire ; Norfolk ; Suffolk.

North-West Thames region

Bedfordshire; Hertfordshire; Barnet; Brent and Harrow; Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow ; Hillingdon ; Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster.

North-East Thames region

Essex; Barking and Havering ; Camden and Islington ; City and East London ; Enfield and Haringey ; Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

South-East Thames region

East Sussex; Kent; Greenwich and Bexley: Bromley ; Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.

South-West Thames region

Surrey; West Sussex; Croydon ; Kingston and Richmond ; Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth.

Wessex region

Dorset ; Hampshire ; Wiltshire.

Oxford region

Berkshire ; Buckinghamshire ; Northamptonshire ; Oxfordshire.

South-Western region

Avon; Cornwall and Isles of Scilly ; Devon ; Gloucestershire ; Somerset.

West Midlands region

Hereford and Worcester; Salop: Staffordshire; Warwickshire; Birmingham; Coventry ; Dudley ; Sandwell ; Solihull ; Walsall.

Mersey region

Cheshire; Liverpool; St. Helens and Knowsley ; Sefton.

North-Western region

Lancashire; Bolton; Bury: Manchester ; Oldham ; Rochdale ; Salford ; Stockport ; Tameside ; Trafford ; Wigan.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether an indemnity has been offered to any water authority to cover it against successful legal claims made against it arising from fluoridation of the public water supplies; and, if so, whether he will publish in theOfficial Reportthe terms of such an indemnity.

My predecessors and I have offered such an indemnity to water authorities since 1962, after the publication of the report on the successful conclusion of the first five years of the official fluoridation studies in the United Kingdom—Reports on Public Health and Medical Subjects No. 105, HMSO. I am sending a copy of the current indemnity to the hon. Member and placing one in the Library.