HC Deb 07 November 1955 vol 545 c158W
Mr. Watkins

asked the Minister of Health what has been the result of the special committee set up in each regional area which inquired into the farming activities of hospitals; how many hospital farms he has agreed to close; and how many of these are mental and tuberculosis hospitals in each area.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Reports have been received from regional hospital boards on 207 hospital farms. Decisions have been reached on 112 of these and discussions are still taking place on the remainder.

The decisions reached so far provide for the disposal of land as follows:

To be sold 5,248
To be leased 3,708
Farmland at present leased to be surrendered 5,618
TOTAL 14,574

In fourteen cases these decisions involve the complete abandonment of farming activities. Nine of the hospitals involved are mental hospitals, four tuberculosis hospitals and one a general hospital.