§ Mr. Shersby
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will set out the statutory provisions for establishing the authority responsible for deciding if the water supply should be fluoridated artifically as a dental health measure; and if he will publish in tabular form a list of water companies, showing which of them do and do not add fluoride.
§ Mr. Dorrell
I have been asked to reply.
The Water (Fluoridation) Act 1985 provides that at the request of a health authority a water undertaker may increase the fluoride content of the water supplied by it to a specified area.
Table 1 lists the water companies in England. Table 2 lists companies with which it is known that arrangements have been made to increase the fluoride content of the water supplied by them.