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Dental Services

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of the next national survey of oral health; and if he will make a statement; (233834)

(2) what plans his Department has put in place for the completion of a national oral health survey; when this survey is due to begin; and when he expects the findings of the survey will be reported to his Department;

(3) for what reason a national oral health survey was not undertaken in 2007-08; what steps he plans to take to commission a survey in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.

Planning took longer than anticipated, but we are pleased to confirm that the Department has now commissioned the National Health Service Information Centre to let a contract for an updated Adult Dental Health Survey within an allocation of £3 million. An EU procurement exercise is underway and it is anticipated that this will be completed, and that a contract will be let, by the end of 2008. Subject to tenders, the survey fieldwork is planned to begin in 2009, with results to be published by the end of 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure his Department incurred in undertaking the most recent national survey of oral health. (233835)

The last national oral health survey, which was of children’s oral health, was conducted in 2003 at a cost of £400,000.