§ Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland on what date he approved the erection of the new maternity hospital at Bellshill; when building work commenced; when it will be ready for occupation; what is the estimated cost; and how many beds it will provide.
§ Mr. Maclay
The first tenders for the site works at this hospital were approved in July, 1957, and the site preparation which involved extensive piling, began in August 1957. Work on the main structure began in November, 1958. The Western Regional Hospital Board expects that the hospital will be ready for occupation in May 1962. The present estimate of cost is including equipment£830,000. The hospital will contain 132 beds, and 27 cots for sick and premature infants.