asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, following the letter sent on his behalf, dated 15 July 1986 to the hon. Member for Dundee, East regarding charges for dental bridgework he will indicate what progress has been made in construing and amending the National Health Service (Permission of Charges for Dentures) (Scotland) Order 1952; and if he will make a statement.
Consultation with the Scottish dental schools and related health boards has confirmed that there are problems in interpreting the wording of the statutory order governing charges for dental bridgework. However, all those consulted agreed that remission of charges should apply not only in cases where treatment was provided by matriculated students, as part of their training, but also in cases which contributed to the training of junior dental staff. A revision of the 1952 order now being undertaken. There will be full consultation about the new wording.