§ Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any advance has been made in amalgamating naval and military hospitals in different parts of the world and selling the surplus sites; and what has been the decision come to in regard to the military parade ground and naval hospital at Hongkong, which occupy valuable sites and the former of which the business community of Hongkong have been anxious to buy for a long time?
§ Mr. SNOWDEN
The War Office has assumed responsibility for the treatment of all naval sick at Gibraltar and the Admiralty has taken over the treatment of military sick at Chatham, with the result that one naval and one military hospital has been closed. As regards Hongkong, negotiations are proceeding between the War Office and the Colonial Government for an exchange of properties, which include the existing parade ground and military hospital. If and when a settlement of this question is reached the question of the hospital accommodation required by the Navy and the Army will be reconsidered.