HC Deb 07 February 1966 vol 724 c15
24. Mr. Gardner

asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to speed up the work on the building of Basildon Hospital.

Mr. Loughlin

The essential preparatory work is proceeding with all possible speed.

Mr. Gardner

Is the Minister aware that the plans for this hospital are now completed, the site is ready and there is nothing, except the absence of the Minister's decision, to excuse further delay in starting work on the ground?

Mr. Loughlin

I am not so sure that it is wholly the Minister's decision, but I can assure the hon. and learned Gentleman that we want to go ahead with this as quickly as possible. The officers of the Department are in touch with the regional hospital board, and have been at all stages; but, as I say, we are trying to proceed with all speed.