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Volume 35: debated on Monday 17 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why he will not arrange for those people who favour the use of fluorides to be supplied through the National Health Service by means of tablets, in school milk, toothpaste and other such methods on a voluntary basis.

There are no plans to provide through the National Health Service the fluoride supplements specified by the hon. Member, as they would be most costly and less effective than water fluoridation. Decisions on fluoridating water supplies are taken by health and water authorities only after having widely consulted local opinion.