§ 21. Mr. Fleming
asked the Minister of Labour whether he has considered the objection submitted to him against his proposal to erect an Employment Exchange adjoining the central branch of the Manchester Royal Infirmary; and whether he still intends to proceed with the said building?
§ 22. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Minister of Labour whether he can now inform the House of the result of his attention to the position that will be created by the erection of the central Employment Exchange in Manchester?
§ 30. Mr. Emery
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the building of the new Employment Exchange in Manchester adjacent to the central branch of the Manchester Royal Infirmary will cause the closing down of the branch for in-patients; whether he will outline the special reasons for the selection of such a site; and whether, if it is decided to proceed with the scheme, some reasonable part of the cost incurred 1156 by the infirmary authorities for removal or alteration of the branch will be paid to them?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I would refer the hon. Members to the reply given to the hon. Members for the Exchange Division of Manchester (Mr. Eckersley) and for Eccles (Mr. Cary) on this subject on 8th March. I am now in consultation with the First Commissioner of Works regarding certain proposals recently made to me informally on behalf of the board of the Manchester Royal Infirmary, but, until our inquiries are completed, I am unable to make any statement.
§ Mr. Fleming
Has the Minister considered the serious objection of the medical profession in Manchester on the ground that this proposed building will very gravely obstruct the work that is being carried on in the central branch of the Royal Infirmary?
§ Mr. Brown
I am aware, not only of that objection, but of some others which have been put to me. I am also aware that for 15 years past the great social service of the Employment Exchange in Manchester has been carried on in a building that is utterly unsuitable and not fair to the staff concerned.
§ Mr. E. Smith
Would the right hon. Gentleman also consider the alternative 1157 of taking into consultation the Office of Works with a view to taking over the site of the Infirmary and suitably compensating the Manchester Royal Infirmary?
§ 61. Mr. E. Smith
asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been directed to the report prepared by the medical board of the Manchester Royal Infirmary with reference to the proposed erection of the central Employment Exchange; and what action does he propose to take?
§ The Minister of Health (Sir Kingsley Wood)
I have received representations from the hospital on this proposal, but I have no powers in the matter, which is one for my right hon. Friends the Minister of Labour and the First Commissioner of Works.
§ Mr. Fleming
Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us whether on receipt of this medical report he made any inquiries in Manchester to see if any medical man agreed with the action of the Minister of Labour?
§ Sir K. Wood
As a matter of fact, when I was in Manchester recently I saw the site, and the officials.