House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2009.

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Photo of Earl Baldwin of Bewdley Earl Baldwin of Bewdley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in assessing the findings of Dr Peter Mansfield, based on the most recent published figures of population fluoride intakes by the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, which were communicated to the Chief Dental Officer in December 2008 and discussed with him on 19 January 2009; whether the Chief Dental Officer or a colleague will consider associating themselves as co-authors of any resulting scientific paper; and whether they will promote the adoption of measures to screen for excessive fluoride intake, for example by a means of a urine dipstick.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

We have sought advice from the Health Protection Agency and the Food Standards Agency on Dr Mansfield's analysis and we will be letting him have our comments when we have taken their views into account.

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