HC Deb 11 December 1967 vol 756 cc15-6
7. Sir A. V. Harvey

asked the Minister of Health when reconstruction of the Macclesfield Hospital will be started; and when is the expected completion date.

Mr. Snow

I cannot add to the reply given to the hon. Member on 4th July last year.

Sir A. V. Harvey

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that that reply was a long time ago? Does he recall that in the past three years I have repeatedly pointed out that Macclesfield Hospital was built 130 years ago? What is going to be done about it? Is this another broken Labour promise?

Mr. Snow

I do not think that this is a question of a broken Labour promise, although I must say that had there been earlier consideration during the time of the administration supported by the hon. and gallant Member, the present position might not have been as bad as it is. The

Area Total Per 1,000 population
Shrewsbury Hospital Management Committee 2,009 6.8
Birmingham Regional Hospital Board 19,123 3.8
England and Wales 159,863 3.3

regional hospital board has received no reduction in the capital available to it. This project will take its place according to the appropriate needs in the region.