Charles Walker asks the Health Secretary to improve dentistry services in Hertfordshire.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she is taking to increase the provision of dentistry services in Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement. [7488]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The eight primary care trusts (PCTs) in Hertfordshire have received £1.03 million in capital grants in 2004-05 and £446,000 revenue access money in 2004-05. This additional funding has already delivered growth equivalent to 5.5 whole time dentists and delivered in excess of 10,000 additional patient registrations in Hertfordshire.

Through local recruitment activity, Dacorum PCT now employs three dentists from overseas and North Hertfordshire and Stevenage PCT employs two. "