§ Mr. Kinnock
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to improve public education in the subject of foodstuffs which are combative or contributory to tooth decay, especially among children.
§ Sir K. Joseph
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Willesden, West (Mr. Paritt) on 23rd January. Since then my chief medical and dental officers have written to principal school medical and dental officers asking them to draw the attention of local education authorities to the benefits of fluoridation of public water supplies and the adverse effect on dental and general health of eating sticky carbohydrate foods between meals.—[Vol. 849, cc. 84–85.]