Fluoridation (Young Children)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th July 1966.

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Photo of Mr Edwin Brooks Mr Edwin Brooks , Bebington 12:00 am, 4th July 1966

asked the Minister of Health what steps he will take to ensure that young children are not denied the benefits which derive from fluoridation.

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

The primary responsibility for securing the benefits of fluoridation for young children and others rests with the local health authorities, but I am doing all I can to encourage and help them.

Photo of Mr Edwin Brooks Mr Edwin Brooks , Bebington

Does not my right hon. Friend agree that, since many local authorities have deep-seated and, in their view, well-founded objections to the principle of fluoridation of public water supplies, it is time that the Ministry took another look at this vexed question? In particular, can he give an assurance that alternative methods will be explored to see that young children are not denied a very valuable preventive against dental caries?

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

These matters have been, and are still being, considered but on present advice I am satisfied there is no other method which is as safe and effective as the fluoridation of water.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that he will use no method to impose on local authorities this system of poisoning water against which so many of them have declared their objection?

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

I am happy to say that many more have declared their support.