HC Deb 06 February 1956 vol 548 cc152-3W
71. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minister of Health whether, as a result of the Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the undesirability of allowing buildings on which public money has been spent since the introduction of the National Health Service to remain empty, he will ensure that the Prudhoe Memorial Home, which was acquired under the original Act with a considerable endowment and which is deteriorating, is put into use without delay.

Mr. Turton

This building was not bought, but passed into the hospital service under the National Health Service Acts. It presents problems as it will require considerable capital expenditure before it can be used for hospital purposes: I understand that the regional hospital board cannot at present, in view of its other commitments, include the work in its building programme.