The tentative programme of major works to be undertaken by the Western Regional Hospital Board as a result of the recently announced increase in capital allocations does not include any project in north Ayrshire. I understand that no proposal to build new accommodation for chronic aged sick in the area is at present under consideration.
I quite agree with the hon. Gentleman that there is great need for these matters to be considered continually, and for measures to be taken, but he will realise that there are other means than providing accommodation for the chronic sick. It is better for them to be cared for in their own homes as much as possible.