Note: Embargoed until 00.01 am 4th December 2000
Headline: BIRMINGHAM HEALTH MINISTER IN ATTEMPT TO AVOID SLEAZE PROBE. LORD HUNT OF KINGS HEATH ALSO IMPLICATED.
On the 19th October, 2000, an e-mail was sent to Gisela Stuart, MP & Health Minister. The general theme of this e-mail was to arrange a meeting to discuss the legalised abuse of children who are exposed to toxic fluoride waste products, as well as the tactics used to garner public support for water fluoridation.
A number of pertinent questions and observations were asked or made. But rather than address the issues at stake, Ms Stuart has employed a policy of ignorance, and contempt, and has refused to communicate.
The main issues raised for question were as follows:
In fact, there is much to suspect about this opinion poll inasmuch that the sponsors are well-known pro-fluoridation propagandists and that the MORI web-site has carried one-sided propagandist material on behalf of the Authority and compiled by the "West Midlands Regional Dental Health Promotion Group" (which is made up in part of members of some Health Authorities, including Dr Langford).
Birmingham Health Authority and MORI are therefore under suspicion, until proven otherwise, of conducting an opinion poll to achieve a specific result, and quite possibly a result that they could not achieve in an environment of accountability to the general public.
DoH RESPONSE: They don't want to get involved!
The reply from the DoH was as follows:
"... I can confirm you are mistaken in regard to your comments about Lord Hunt's involvement with the British Fluoridation Society. The minister is not a current member, nor has he ever been a personal member. His involvement has only ever been as a corporate member, which was during his previous involvement with the NHS Confederation (formerly the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts)."
End of DoH statement.
Lord Hunt's own words (from Hansard, 7-40 pm, 16 Dec 1998: Column 1421:
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath:
"... Certainly, in my 25 years in the health service before coming to your Lordships' House, fluoridation often played a part in my working life, first as a CHC Secretary in the 1970s; secondly, holding public meetings to discuss the issue as a member of the British Fluoridation Society Council and, thirdly, as director of the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts where many of our health authority members have been wrestling with those issues for well over 20 years."
Conflict of interest? See Hansard entries (below)
7 Jul 2000 : Column: 335W
Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards the British Fluoridation Society; and what contributions were made to the Society by the Government in each year since 1975-76. 
Yvette Cooper: The main role the Department funds the British Fluoridation Society to fulfill, is to collect and maintain evidence on the effects of fluoridation. Our support for the British Fluoridation Society since 1975-76 has been:
A total of: £941,631 ... equals a lot of 'corporate hospitality'!
Hansard, again: 25 Jul 2000 : Column: 502W
Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 7 July 2000, Official Report, column 335W, regarding fluoridation, what conditions apply to the moneys given by his Department to the British Fluoridation Society. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 20 July 2000]: Since 1975 successive Governments have funded the British Fluoridation Society to help promote and implement their policies on oral health by providing evidence based advice to all interested parties. The Society is required to maintain accounts which show the use to which funds have been put for inspection by the Department's auditors.
REMINDER:Like many other anti-fluoridation organisations, we are NOT funded by any Government or industry with (or without) vested interests.
BUT WITH NEARLY £1 MILLION TO EXPLOIT WE COULD DO A LOT MORE!
END OF STATEMENT.