New Forest East

HEALTH – FLUORIDATION – 30 November 2010

Dr Julian Lewis: Given the commitment to popular choice, can my right hon. Friend confirm that when responsibility for putting fluoride into drinking water is taken away from strategic health authorities, the people who have the final say on the matter will be the people who drink the water?

[The Secretary of State for Health (Mr Andrew Lansley): The responsibility will be transferred to local authorities, and they will have the same obligation to consult their population as exists in the present legislation. In my view, local authorities are more accountable to the population that they serve than strategic health authorities have been in the past.]