HC Deb 15 March 1965 vol 708 cc184-5W
Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister if he will set out in tabular form in the OFFICIAL REPORT, the amount spent on new hospitals per thousand of the population between 1950 and 1965 in each region, respectively, the same figures for extensions, and the same figures of the estimated expenditure between 1965 and 1975.

Mr. K. Robinson

In a programme which consists largely of replacement, it is not easy to define a new hospital. Expenditure on schemes which are the whole or part of entirely new hospitals or of the virtual reconstruction of old hospitals has been included in the second column of the table below; expenditure on all other hospital building is in the third column.

As I informed the House on 8th February, the future hospital building programme is under review. I am therefore unable to reply to the second part of the Question.

Region (including teaching hospitals) Capital expenditure 1st April, 1950–31st March, 1965 (estimated) £ per 1,000 population
New hospitals Other hospital building
Newcastle 2,871 6,409
Leeds 3,139 5,258
Sheffield 1,926 4,116
East Anglian 2,296 5,877
North West Metropolitan 3,538 5,688
North East Metropolitan 1,662 5,446
South East Metropolitan 1,014 5,383
South West Metropolitan* 1,836 6,192
Oxford 3,622 6,524
South Western 1,393 5,780
Birmingham 1,852 4,357
Manchester 1,359 4,183
Liverpool 1,472 5,935
Welsh 3,535 5,732
* Wessex did not function as a separate hospital region until 1st April, 1959.