§ Mr. J. L. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many, and what proportion of, beds in State-controlled hospitals in Glasgow are reserved for fee paying patients.
§ Mr. Woodburn
Two hundred and forty-four beds, or 1½ per cent. of the total, have been set aside in terms of Section 5 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act for patients paying the whole cost; but 30 of these are at present occupied by non-paying patients, as permitted by the Act. In addition there are 523 beds, or 3.2 per cent. of the total, in single rooms or small wards to which, when they are not occupied by patients requiring them on medical grounds, other patients can be admitted on payment of
Number of competent original applications dealt with up to 31st May, 1949 Contract Rent Remarks Reduced Approved 1,111 752 359 The average reduction was 23 per cent.
Number of cases referred for reconsideration on a change of circumstances up to 31st May, 1949 Rent previously fixed Remarks Reduced Confirmed Increased 220 83 78 59 The average reduction was 14 per cent. and the average increase 15 per cent On an original application a rent tribunal can only approve or reduce the contract rent. In a reconsideration case the rent previously fixed by the tribunal can be reduced, confirmed or increased.