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Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will estimate (a) the initial capital cost of equipment and (b) the continuing cost of labour and materials in all parts of the United Kingdom as a result of the addition of fluoride to water supplies.

(a) The intial capital cost of fluoridation equipment is estimated currently to lie in the range £35,000—£75,000 for populations up to 500,000. This excludes any building costs.

(b) It has been estimated that the total running cost of United Kindom fluoridation plants is approximately £l million.