HC Deb 25 March 1952 vol 498 cc199-200
44. Mr. F. A. Burden

asked the Secretary of State for War how many hutted hospitals are now in use by the Army in the United Kingdom; and how long each of these has been in use.

Mr. Head

Nine of the Army's hospitals may be described as hutted. I would, however, emphasise that this does not mean that they are housed in stark wooden or steel huts. All essential buildings are of brick or brick and wood and they have good foundations, water-borne sewage and, in most cases, central heating. Four were taken into use by the Army in 1946, the others in 1945, 1940, 1939, 1936 and 1950.

Mr. Burden

Will the Minister say whether he will give his attention to the building of permanent brick hospitals for the military? I understand—and I should like the Minister to say whether or not it is correct—that the last brick-built hospital erected for the Army was in 1905. Does he not think something should now be done about building another?

Mr. Head

Yes, Sir. The hon. Member will be aware of the restriction on the building programme. I would further point out that many of the most modern hospitals are built on a plan of dispersion, with many small units instead of one large central block.