§ 79. Mr. Holt
asked the Minister of Health if he has received a copy of the report officially prepared by Dr. Sheldon on the hospital services for old people in the Birmingham region; what action he proposes to take; if he will call for a similarly comprehensive report from the Manchester region; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Powell
A report on existing hospitals for the old accompanied the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board's long-term development proposals submitted to me recently. The Manchester Board's proposals are also based on an analysis of existing hospitals. All Boards' proposals are now under consideration.
§ 81. Mr. Matthews
asked the Minister of Health why Dr. J. H. Sheldon's official report on hospitals for old people has been recalled for alteration by the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board; and if he will make the original text available to the House, together with designs of the new type of geriatric unit referred to therein.
§ Mr. Powell
It is not my policy to interfere with the Board's discretion in dealing with documents which are its property. I will place in the Library a copy of a report on hospital services for the old which I understand the Board is preparing to make available to the public.