HC Deb 23 October 1961 vol 646 c534
5. Mr. Snow

asked the Minister of Health what was the total number of live births in the area within the control of the Lichfield, Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield Hospital Management Committee for the last accounting period; and how this figure is likely to be adjusted in the light of planned overspill population which has arrived since that accounting period, and which is likely to arrive within the next five years.

Miss Pitt

In 1960 there were 2,885 live births to mothers resident in the area served mainly by this committee. No useful estimate can be made of the corresponding figures during the next five years, but the number of maternity beds will be increased substantially.

Mr. Snow

Is the Minister satisfied that regional hospital boards in general, and the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board in particular, are provided with adequate statistical information as to the population effects of the overspill transfer?

Miss Pitt

Regional hospital boards have obtained such information and used it as part of the data for consideration in submitting their ten-year plans to my right hon. Friend, and I believe that the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board has done the same thing.

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