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Water Fluoridation

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the use of fluoride in the water supply in Northern Ireland; and what plans he has to extend such use. [121084]

Fluoridation is recognised as a safe and effective means of preventing dental decay. Under the Water (Fluoridation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1987, Health and Social Services Boards can decide whether or not to apply to the Department of Regional Development for the introduction of fluoridation schemes following local consultation and approval from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. There are, however, no schemes here at present and I am not aware of current plans in any Board area to apply for a scheme.