Dental Technicians

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1966.

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Photo of Mr Francis Noel-Baker Mr Francis Noel-Baker , Swindon 12:00 am, 7th February 1966

asked the Minister of Health what study he has made of the structure of prices of dentures and prosthetic work and of wages of dental technicians; and if he will take steps to improve conditions in dental laboratories.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

I have no responsibility for the prices charged by commercial dental laboratories for dentures and other prosthetic work or for the wages of dental technicians employed by them. Wages are negotiated through the appropriate joint negotiating body. As regards the last part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour on 12th July, 1965, to the hon. Member for Westhoughton (Mr. J. T. Price).

Photo of Mr Francis Noel-Baker Mr Francis Noel-Baker , Swindon

Even if my right hon. Friend has no technical responsibility, is not he aware that there is a great deal of feeling, and will he discuss with his right hon. Friend what can be done about it?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

If there is feeling, I suggest that my hon. Friend puts down a Question to my right hon. Friend.