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School Dental Service

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th May 1957.

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Photo of Mr Albert Cooper Mr Albert Cooper , Ilford South 12:00 am, 9th May 1957

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education if he will give the number of full-time dental officers engaged in the School Dental Service at the most recent date; and how this compares with the similar date in 1951.

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

The equivalent of 1,024 full-time dentists were employed in the School Dental Service in England and Wales on 31st December, 1956. The corresponding figure for 1951 was 713.

Photo of Mr Albert Cooper Mr Albert Cooper , Ilford South

Is it not a matter for great satisfaction that a Conservative Government has now completely restored this vital social service which was virtually destroyed by the right hon. Member for Ebbw Vale (Mr. Bevan)?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

It is the case that the number of dentists required to provide a fully comprehensive School Dental Service in England and Wales would be about 2,000, but I am certainly glad that progress has been made since 1951.