BUSINESS QUESTION – FLUORIDATION – 10 June 2010

Dr Julian Lewis: May we have a reaffirmation by Health Ministers of the statement made in opposition that fluoridation would not be imposed on Southampton and Totton without the approval of the majority of the people concerned, given that South Central Strategic Health Authority has put aside £400,000 to fight a court case, despite opposition to fluoridation from 72% of the community?

[The Leader of the House of Commons (Sir George Young): The coalition Government have no plans at this stage to change the legislation under which the Health Authority is proceeding with its plans to add fluoride to the water in Southampton and the surrounding district. My constituency verges on that district, and I am aware of the strong local feelings and the unhappiness among some people about the consultation exercise that was undertaken before the decision was made to go ahead. However, I would mislead my hon. Friend if I said that we were planning to do anything in the short term to change the legislative framework in which the decisions are made.]