I propose to take Questions Nos. 816 and 817 together.
The Dental Council, under the Dentists Act 1985, establishes and maintains registers relating to dentistry, namely:
- Register of Dentists
- Register of Dental Specialists
- Register of Hygienists
- Register of Dental Nurses
- Register of Clinical Dental Technicians
There are currently no plans to create a register for dental technicians but the Department is open to discussing this issue with the Dental Council.
Currently, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the obligation for Departmental staff to work remotely, it is not possible to check the archived files that may contain the legal opinion referred to. I will revert to the Deputy when these files can be accessed.