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Dental Services: Pupils

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will reverse his decision on consent for dental screening epidemiological surveys for school children to enable the scheme to operate on a parental opt-out basis; and if he will make a statement. (157254)

No, the legal advice we have received is that parents/carers should give positive consent where children are not judged competent to give consent to a dental examination. We are optimistic that statistically significant results can be obtained when surveys are conducted on this basis.