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Fluoridation

Volume 974: debated on Monday 19 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will name the local authorities in Scotland which have decided to add fluoride to their drinking water supply and those which have decided against.

All 15 health boards in Scotland have recommended fluoridation of water supplies by water authorities. Strathclyde regional council has decided to commence fluoridation. Dumfries and Galloway regional council has continued two existing schemes.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a summary of the most recent research which compares the level of dental health in areas of Scotland with fluoridated drinking water and those without.

EXPENDITURE IN SCOTLAND WITHIN THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S RESPONSIBILITY
£ million at 1979 survey price
1974–75 outturn1975–76 outturn1976–77 outturn1977–78 outturn1978–79 provisional outturn1979–80 expected outturn1980–81 plans
Agriculture, fisheries, food and forestry18111813410595122112
Trade, industry, energy and employment63371118796112113
Roads and transport304320299307325313308
Housing752742710671652697627
Other environmental services399459387354389396384
Law, order and protective services198212210199210217221
Education, libraries, science and arts933979964936941945904
Health and personal social services9469769901,0001,0381,0411,069
Other public services32424242414446
Common services111111
TOTAL3,8093,8863,8483,7023,7873,8883,785