HC Deb 17 June 1937 vol 325 c550
50. Mr. Messer

asked the Minister of Health how many county and county borough councils have appropriated hospitals under the Public Health Act?

Sir K. Wood

Eleven county councils and 39 county borough councils in England and Wales have, since the Local Government Act, 1929, came into operation, appropriated Poor Law hospitals or infirmaries, or parts thereof, for use as general hospitals under the Public Health Acts. In addition, six other county councils have appropriated such institutions for other public health purposes, such as tuberculosis hospitals, maternity hospitals, convalescent homes or epileptic homes.

Mr. Herbert Morrison

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether his Department has urged, or intends to urge, local authorities who have not made use of this provision to do so?

Sir K. Wood

If the right lion. Gentleman will study our last report he will see that we have taken the matter into consideration.