HC Deb 09 May 1972 vol 836 c1121
17. Mr. William Price

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he expects a start on the next phase in the development of St. Cross Hospital, Rugby.

Mr. Alison

It is too early to forecast the date.

Mr. Price

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that my constituents are normally patient people but that they are fed up with year after year of waiting for desperately-needed improvement? Can we have fewer promises from the regional hospital board and the Department and a little more action? If we do not get it, 80,000 people are going to come marching down the M1.

Mr. Alison

The hon. Gentleman knows that I know that his constituents are normally patient people because I paid a prolonged and enjoyable day's visit to Rugby, when the people were assured that they would have their new hospital at St. Cross by the year 1974–75.