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Drinking Water: Fluoride

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the fluoridation of water supplies in (a) England and (b) West Derbyshire. (286409)

We consider that fluoridation of water is capable of reducing inequalities in oral health, but strategic health authorities (SHAs) are responsible for decisions on proposals for new schemes. The SHAs have to take account of assessments of oral health needs conducted by their primary care trusts (PCTs), the configuration of the water distribution system and the outcome of local, public consultations. We understand that PCTs across the East Midlands, including Derbyshire County PCT, are conducting a feasibility study to assess the costs, benefits and technical options of fluoridation.