HC Deb 09 February 1970 vol 795 cc908-9
45. Dr. Gray

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services which recommendations of the Bonham-Carter Report on the siting of hospitals he intends accepting; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Crossman

As explained in the prefatory note to the Bonham-Carter Report, there are a number of questions to be answered before conclusions can be reached on its findings and recommendations. The report does not deal with the siting of particular hospitals.

Dr. Gray

On the question of establishing criteria for special areas, as mentioned in paragraph 27 of the report, when dealing with areas which have populations of 150,000 residents but whose populations are swollen by several hundred thousands during the summer, will the Government consider placing them in the special category and not barring them because they fall narrowly below the figure of 200,000?

Mr. Crossman

I understand the local reference that my hon. Friend is making. He should not be unduly alarmed about the future of Yarmouth.