§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a further statement on progress in establishing new courses in dental hospitals for training dental therapists.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
I am pleased to be able to announce that arrangements are being made to train eight dental therapists a year alongside dental undergraduates and other dental auxiliaries at the London hospital, beginning in the autumn of 1983. Discussions are continuing with health authorities with a view to making similar arrangements at a provincial dental hospital and I hope to make a further announcement by the end of this year.