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Dentists

Oral Answers to Questions — National Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1957.

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Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury 12:00 am, 27th November 1957

asked the Minister of Labour on what basis the allocation is made between the three Services of dentists called up for National Service.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

The requirements of the three Services are examined periodically by the Dental Manpower Committee which was appointed by the Government in consultation with the profession. Dentists, like doctors, are recruited direct for Commissioned Service as dental officers, so far as possible in the Service of their choice.

Photo of Mr John Stonehouse Mr John Stonehouse , Wednesbury

What is the position if one of the allocations to one of the Services is not taken up? Further, in view of the great need in some areas for dentists to be available for civilian work, particularly in the school service, will he consider releasing more for civilian work?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

It is quite true that there is a shortage of dentists in civilian life, but the Army—indeed, all three Services, I think—have for some years been below their establishments in dental officers.