Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

MINISTERS SET TO GIVE COUNCILS POWER TO REQUIRE WATER FLUORIDATION

  • Comment
The government is planning to press ahead with legislation to give councils the power to require water authorities ...
The government is planning to press ahead with legislation to give councils the power to require water authorities to fluoridate water, reports The Times (p14).

The move is sure to anger water authorities, civil liberties groups and some Labour MPs, who believe it should be a matter for individual choice.

Health ministers are prepared to use a private member's Bill to push through the measure before the next general election.

Ministers believe that a massive extension of fluoridation is essential to improve children's teeth in deprived inner city areas. Countless studies have shown the benefits of fluoridation in stopping tooth decay, but only 10% of the country's water is currently treated.

Under government proposals councils could require fluoridation to take place. This would be done after testing local public opinion. Ministers argue that it is more democratic to give elected councils this power, rather than health authorities.
  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.