§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under 10 years have had tooth extractions carried out in each health authority over the past 12 months; and what proportion had the extractions carried out under general anaesthetic. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The available information by health authority in England has been placed in the Library. It covers the number of courses of treatment in the General Dental Service scheduled for payment in 1997 which include claims for extractions or general anaesthetic work. It is for children under 18; separate information for422W children under 10 is not available. Some of the general anaesthetic work may have been associated with treatments other than extractions.