HC Deb 06 February 1968 vol 758 cc61-2W
59. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minister of Health how far it is the practice of his Department to authorise the disposal of land belonging to his Department at less than the best price obtainable commercially if he sees fit.

Mr. Snow

The practice is to sell land at market value. The only exceptions considered are cases in which a change of ownership would produce a direct benefit to the hospital service, and such cases are extremely rare.

60. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minister of Health if, in the case of the disputed land between his Department and the Tynemouth Corporation, he will give authority for a resale to the council at a price equal to the amount paid to the council under the amortisation arrangement.

Mr. Snow

No. The ownership of this land is not in dispute so far as I am aware. When surplus hospital land is sold to local authorities it is the practice to do so at the market price as assessed by the District Valuer.