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Dental Estimates Board

Volume 128: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the total cost of the Dental Estimates Board in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.

The total cost of the Dental Estimates Board for England and Wales, in cash terms, in each of the last five years, together with the total gross fees authorised for payment to dentists by family practitioner committees, is given in the table; the total cost of the board as a percentage of the gross fees authorised is also shown.

YearCost of boardGross fees authorisedCost/gross fees
£ million£ millionper cent.
1982–8310·788549·7411·962
1983–8411·013594·4061·853
1984–8511·751649·7851·808
1985–86114·686671·0002·189
1986–87214·530753·0961·929
Notes:
1 Includes £2·519 million for replacement of the board's computer and early stages of computer redevelopment.
2 Includes £1·999 million for computer redevelopment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the unit cost of the Dental Estimates Board annual report for 1986–87, and if he will make a statement.

The 1986–87 annual report of the Dental Estimates Board for England and Wales was, for the first time, in two parts.The first part contains the board's report to the Secretaries of State and key statistics about the board's work and the general dental service. The unit cost was 99·6p. The cost of publication was met from efficiency savings at the board.The detailed "Digest of Statistics for 1986–87", the second part of the board's report, is published as a separate document at a cost of £15 per copy.