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House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Earl Baldwin of Bewdley Earl Baldwin of Bewdley Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 7 February (WA 18-19), whether they have made progress in deciding whether to reduce the fluoride concentration in United Kingdom water fluoridation schemes; and why they need to await consultations in the United States.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

There is currently no clear evidence to show that, in temperate climate zones, increasing the fluoride content of drinking water to 1 milligram part per litre imposes any risk to general health. It has been suggested that if people are using more fluoride supplements such as mouthwashes, tablets and drops the concentration in water can be reduced. However we are waiting to see if any new evidence is identified in the course of the consultation that the United States Department of Health and Human Services is undertaking on reducing its target concentration to 0.7 milligram per litre.

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