HC Deb 12 November 1973 vol 864 cc10-1
7. Mr. Padley

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether a site has now been acquired for the proposed new hospital at Bridgend; when he expects work to start on its erection; and whether the will make a statement.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

A site has been chosen and the process of acquisition is in train. Work on the new hospital is planned to start in 1977.

Mr. Padley

I am glad to hear that work is likely to start in 1977. Does the hon. Gentleman realise that since his right hon. and learned Friend replied to me on 26th September, the Government have announced a £100 million cut in capital expenditure on hospitals, schools, etc.? Will the hon. Gentleman give me an undertaking that the rephasing of Government expenditure on hospitals and schools will not delay still further this necessary hospital at Bridgend?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

My information is that the new hospital at Bridgend will not be affected by that to which the hon. Gentleman refers.