HC Deb 28 July 1959 vol 610 cc294-5
16. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will state, in respect of the proposed new general hospital at Dundee, the date on which it was first included in the list of officially approved hospital building projects, the estimated date for the start of building operations, and the estimated date of completion.

Mr. Maclay

The site for this new hospital was acquired in 1955. It was made clear then that no start on building could be made until the early 1960s. Our present plans evisage a start late in 1961 or early in 1962. It is not possible at present to estimate when the hospital will be completed.

Mr. Thomson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he fought the last General Election with this general hospital as part of his electoral window-dressing, and that he is about to fight the coming General Election on the same hospital? Can he give us an absolute assurance that he will not fight the General Election of 1964 on building this hospital?

Mr. Ross

The right hon. Gentleman will then be in the Lords.

Mr. Maclay

Perhaps the hon. Member will give me some accurate forecasts of the dates of all these elections.