HC Deb 22 November 1948 vol 458 cc868-9
65. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many public hospital beds are available free in Jamaica; and to what extent this accommodation falls short of the estimated need.

Mr. Rees-Williams

There are at present 5,576 free beds available to meet the estimated need of 7,850.

Mr. Driberg

Could my hon. Friend urge the Government of Jamaica to try to divert to hospital building and socially useful purposes some of the vast sums of money otherwise spent in building luxury hotels?

Mr. Rees-Williams

My hon. Friend has another question on that point.