HC Deb 12 March 1962 vol 655 cc879-80
16. Mr. Warbey

asked the Minister of Health how many new hospitals will have been built, and how many hospitals will have been rebuilt or remodelled, by 1975 in the Nottingham area, under his hospital plan for England and Wales.

Miss Pitt

I would refer the hon. Member to Command Paper 1604.

Mr. Warbey

I am not surprised that the hon. Lady is ashamed to give the answer in public. Is she aware that the answer to the first part of the Question is "None" and that the answer to the second part of the Question is "None"? Because the Minister has chosen to list in his Blue Book a whole series of desirable and necessary projects for building and rebuilding hospitals which are not to be included in his plan, many people, including members of hospital management committees, have been misled. Will the hon. Lady ensure that the true facts are made public so that the nature of the callous and cruel fraud on the people of south Nottinghamshire, many thousands of whom are waiting to get into hospital beds, is made known and understood?

Miss Pitt

That is a nonsensical statement. My right hon. Friend and I are very proud of the Hospital Plan. Far from deserving the terms which the hon. Gentleman has used, it is a progressive and stimulating document. I do not propose to take up the time of the House in saying what is being done in Nottingham, because all that is contained in the document.