HC Deb 14 November 1960 vol 630 cc3-4W
54. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of Health how many persons are working in the development unit of his Department; how many of these hold senior administrative posts; and if he will make a statement about the work of this unit.

Mr. Powell

The unit comprises 13 full-time and 8 part-time professional officers.

The function of the development unit is to ensure that the most up-to-date knowledge and experience is assembled and brought to bear on all aspects of hospital building. The unit has published already a bulletin on operating theatre suits and is preparing for publication further bulletins on specific departments, in addition to some thirty building notes on the features and standards which should be embodied in the design of modern hospitals. It will itself be responsible for an out-patient department and kitchen which are to be built as development projects.

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