§ 27. Mr. Tilney
asked the Minister of Health whether he will see that the new hospitals to be built in Liverpool are fully air-conditioned and reasonably sound-proof against noise outside.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Miss Edith Pitt)
Good ventilation and protection against outside noise will be important considerations, but full air-conditioning throughout is not regarded as necessary.
§ Mr. Tilney
Is not this a penny-wise pound-foolish policy for our noisy and besmogged towns? Would not my hon. Friend agree that nothing is mare expensive than modernising a building after it is built, whereas it is comparatively cheap to air-condition and denoise, if that is the right word, a building if it is planned from the start? Should we not be thinking in terms of the twenty-first rather than the twentieth century?
§ Mr. K. Robinson
Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that it was discovered in the United States that some types of air conditioning contributed to 28 the spread of infection through a hospital? Will the hon. Lady take good care that any installations in this country do not give rise to this type of hazard?