HC Deb 23 July 1962 vol 663 cc950-1
28. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that Kyre Park, near Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, was closed as a sanatorium more than fifteen months ago and has since stood idle, though fully equipped; what response he has sent to the city authority in Birmingham which has made application for the use of Kyre Park as a sanatorium and nursing home for children suffering from asthma, bronchitis and other chest ailments; what is the present cost to public funds of retaining Kyre Park on a care and maintenance basis; and whether he will make a detailed statement as to the future of Kyre Park.

Mr. Powell

It was offered to the corporation last August: negotiations are proceeding on price. Equipment useful in other hospitals has been removed. Care and maintenance is at the rate of £2,640 a year.

Mr. Nabarro

In view of local anxieties, can my right hon. Friend say when he hopes to bring these negotiations to a conclusion?

Mr. Powell

Very soon, I hope.