March 26 session
The prime minister insisted that adding fluoride to tap-water supplies would be a good thing for British teeth.
He said that he had “seen the benefits of fluoridation” and added that last month the health secretary, Alan Johnson, had pledged an extra £14m for authorities who wanted to add the chemical to water supplies.
But Brown came under fire from Sir Paul Beresford (Con, Mole Valley), a dentist, over the slow progress in getting fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay, into water supplies.
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• See also: Yesterday in parliament (November 4, 2008)