HC Deb 05 March 1968 vol 760 cc70-1W
Mr. Adam Hunter

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has completed his review of pay beds; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ross

Yes. The object of the review was to bring the relationship between provision and demand for pay beds more closely into line with that for other beds. I have agreed adjustments with regional boards which will result in 343 pay beds being available in Scotland compared with 571 before the review, a reduction of 40 per cent.

Following is a summary by regions:

Region Number of pay beds before review Number of pay beds after review
Northern 14 12
North-Eastern 64 47
Eastern 116 42
South-Eastern 50 50
Western 327 192
571 343