HC Deb 23 May 1939 vol 347 c2262

11.49 p.m.

Mr. Ede

I beg to move, in page 33, line 36, after "buildings," to insert "and the extension of existing buildings."

The Clause was the subject of negotiation with the local authorities before it was drafted, and they understood that the works alluded to were of a minor character. It now appears possible that the works might include such things as the erection of wards or a block of wards or the extension of existing buildings. I do not think that would be regarded by the local authorities as carrying out the arrangement which was made between their representatives and the Ministry. I hope that it will be made clear that the works do not include those of the magnitude I have just indicated.

Sir J. Anderson

I can give the hon. Member the assurance that "new buildings" is intended to include a block of new wards or other structures of that kind within the existing hospital, and not merely a new hospital or other complete building. I am assured that this is, in fact, the proper interpretation of the Bill as it stands.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendments made:

In page 34, line 3, leave out "medical stores" and insert: drugs and other medical stores, beds, mattresses and bedding and other ward.

In line 7, leave out "ordinarily used in the hospital."

In line 8, leave out "so used" and insert "used in the hospital."—[Mr. Ammon.]

Clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 43 ordered to stand part of the Bill.