Dental Services (Estimates Committee's Reports)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th July 1963.

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Photo of Sir Eric Errington Sir Eric Errington , Aldershot 12:00 am, 12th July 1963

I should like to ask my right hon. Friend a question. One would like to read and consider carefully the figures which he has given. The point which I desire to make, however, is that very often the figures of National Health Service children's attendances may be misleading in view of the fact that a number of parents believe that their children should have regular attention, which means that they may go as often as two, three or four times in the year.

Therefore, I hope that nothing that my right hon. Friend has said on the figures will alter the position at page xxxv of the Report, where it states: In the view of Your Committee it is desirable that steps should be taken to produce more accurate figures, so that a clearer picture can be obtained of what happens to those school children who are inspected but not treated or not even inspected by school dental officers.