§ Mr. Lawrence
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in Great Britain (a) have no teeth of their own or (b) have half their own teeth missing, breaking down the answer into regions.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The adult dental health survey for 1978 gives the percentages of people with no natural teeth as follows:
Region Percentage England 28 Wales 37 Scotland 39 Northern:
Region Percentage North West 32 North and North East 35 Midlands: West Midlands 30 East Midlands 32 Southern: South West 27 North Thames 18 South Thames 23
The information requested at (b) is not available, but the percentages of dentate adults with 18 or more missing teeth are as follows:
Region Percentage England 13 Wales 16 Scotland 18 Northern: North West 16 North and North East 9 Midlands: West Midlands 15 East Midlands 12 Southern: South West 13 North Thames 11 South Thames 15