§ Lord Balniel
asked the Minister of Health whether he will make a statement about the progress being made in the bringing into full commission of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City.
§ Mr. Barber
244 of the 315 beds are now in use, and 10 special care cots. As more nurses are recruited, the remaining beds will be brought into use. The commissioning of the hospital is necessarily a gradual process and every effort is being made to complete it as soon as possible.