HC Deb 08 November 1954 vol 532 cc96-7W
57. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Health what total sum will be available from central funds for new capital development in addition to schemes started in the current financial year, under the "mental million" scheme for 1955–56, already announced.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

Total capital allocation (apart from centrally supplied equipment) for 1955–56 is £10 million, as for 1954–55, subject to approval of the Department's estimates by the Government and by Parliament.

It is estimated that about £2½ million will be required in 1955–56 for centrally financed schemes authorised in 1954–55 and previously. This includes £1–3 million for "mental million" schemes and £400,000 for other mental schemes centrally financed.

56. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Health the total value of capital works authorised under the scheme, known as the "mental million," for the year 1954–55, showing each regional hospital board separately; and how much of these amounts, he estimates, will be actually spent by each board during the current financial year.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

The answer is contained in the following table:

Regional boards Value of works authorised (excluding fees and unfixed equipment) Estimated expenditure to 31st March, 1955
£ £
Newcastle 200,684 162,000
Leeds 56,706 25,000
Sheffield 165,179 51,000
East Anglia 141,429 91,919
North West Metropolitan 30,864 20,000
North East Metropolitan 34,112 14,000
South East Metropolitan
South West Metropolitan 42,930 33,552
Oxford 191,464 139,024
South Western 163,282 79,350
Wales 126,369 76,000
Birmingham 34,121 24,000
Manchester 74,068 50,950
Liverpool 27,377 27,377
1,288,585 794,172
NOTE: It is expected that schemes authorised between now and the end of the financial year will account for an expenditure of some £150,000 in 1954–55 in addition to the sum shown above.

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