HC Deb 28 March 1962 vol 656 c114W
Mr. Dempsey

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will include in the new hospital building programme and as far as practical in existing hospital accommodation non-smoking compartments, with a view to removing the discomfort caused by smoking to non-smokers in general, and to those suffering from chest illnesses in particular; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maclay

New hospital wards will in any event be sub-divided into different rooms for patients. It should often be possible therefore to meet the needs of smokers and non-smokers. It would not be practicable to convert existing hospital wards to achieve this object, without losing beds and flexibility to an extent that is not in the best interests of patients.