§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people used the internet to access information on NHS dentists in their area in(a) England and (b) Adur, Arun and Worthing in the last year for which figures are available. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
The Department does not collect information about the number of people who use the internet to access information on national health service dentists.
§ Mr. Andrew Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patient treatments were undertaken by dentists(a) in England, M(b) in each NHS region and (c) in each strategic health authority area in each year since 1997. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 27 February 2004]
The information available for the number of courses of treatment carried out by the General Dental Service (CDS) by national health service region and strategic health authority in england for the years ending March 1998 to 2003, has been placed in the Library.
A course of treatment may involve one or more visits to the dentist. A patient may have several courses in a single year.
Courses of treatment for children exclude courses where a payment claim is not required, which are mainly courses where only an examination takes place.