§ 101. Mr. Chetwynd
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the continued shortage of suitable hospital accommodation for mental defective children in County Durham; and what further action he is taking to provide increased facilities within the county or to accommodate these children elsewhere.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
Yes. The regional hospital board has provided since 1948 246 additional beds in Durham of which 120 have been specially provided for children. A further 143 beds are under 15W construction, some of which will enable other beds to be used for children in the county.