Written Answers. - Provision of Dentures.

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

Ceist:

217 Mrs. Geoghegan-Quinn asked the Minister for Health the plans, if any, he has to allow denturists to provide dentures directly to the public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16496/96]

Limerick East): Under the Dentists Act, 1985, the Dental Council has responsibility for regulating the provision of dentures directly to the public. The Dental Council has presented proposals in this regard to my Department but it has not proved possible to reconcile the proposals of the council with the aspirations of persons currently practising as denturists.