HC Deb 08 December 1958 vol 597 cc20-1
24. Mr. Chetwynd

asked the Minister of Health the additional allocations to each regional hospital board of the extra £1,750,000 for capital expenditure before 31st March, 1959.

Mr. Walker-Smith

As the Answer comprises a table of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Chetwynd

Can the Minister give one figure—that for the Newcastle Regional Hospital Board—and say whether that figure will be adequate to cover the very urgent development at Stockton-on-Tees?

Mr. Walker-Smith

The figure in the Newcastle region is £105,000 in respect of its share of this extra money. In addition, as the hon. Member may know, the Newcastle region benefits from the special bonus which some regional hospital boards get, and also in the current financial year it is getting about one-fifth of the central funds available for hospital building.

Dame Irene Ward

Is that sum going to help us catch up on the backlog, because if I assessed what the Question meant, it was whether we are going up the ladder, and to ensure that there is constant improvement?

Mr. Walker-Smith

My hon. Friend can take it that there is a steady and satisfactory upward progression in this region.

Following are the figures:

Estimated Sums from additional allocation to be devoted to capital works
Newcastle 105,000
Leeds 121,000
Sheffield 138,000
East Anglian 30.000
N.W. Metropolitan 125,000
N.E. Metropolitan 71,000
S.E. Metropolitan 110,000
S.W. Metropolitan 225,000
Oxford 55,000
South Western 140,000
Birmingham 66,000
Manchester 104,000
Liver pool 107,000
Wales 100,000
(Teaching hospitals 217,000)

The sum available for capital expenditure was part of a larger sum and a measure of discretion was left to boards in dividing it between capital and revenue expenditure. The figures for capital are therefore not strictly comparable.