§ 98. Mr. Boyden
asked the Minister of Works what percentage of the nation's building capacity he expects the hospital building programme to take up in 1962–63, 1963–64 and 1964–65, respectively.
§ Mr. R. Thompson
The hospital building programme took up approximately 1 per cent. of the capacity of the building and civil engineering industries in the year ended March, 1961. As my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health said in his statement on 25th January, the hospital programme is expected to rise. The capacity of the building and civil engineering industries may also be expected to rise during the next four years and the percentage of this capacity taken by the hospital building programme is unlikely to change appreciably.