HC Deb 08 March 1960 vol 619 cc216-7
9. Mr. Gourlay

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what amount of money has been allocated to the South East of Scotland Regional Hospital Board for new hospitals and extensions for the financial year 1960–61; and what amount of that sum has been allocated to the East Fife Hospitals Board of Management.

Mr. Galbraith

The allocation to the Regional Board for 1960–61 is £654,000. Ninety-nine thousand pounds is to be spent in East Fife of which £3,650 will be available to the Board of Management for minor works.

Mr. Gourlay

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the sum allocated to the East Fife Board is completely inadequate to meet the hospital requirements of the Kirkcaldy area? His reply confirms the suspicion that he does not intend to authorise the start of the geriatric unit at Buck haven this year. Will he reconsider that decision?

Mr. Galbraith

I do not think I could. In recent years, as the hon. Member probably knows, capital expenditure on hospitals in Fife has been above the Scottish average.