§ 52. Mr. MacArthur
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make a further statement on the cut-back in the hospital building programme, and clarify the reasons for the changes which have been made.
§ Mr. Buchan
The re-phasing of the hospital building programme described in82W my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Central (Mr. Oswald) on 30th January does not constitute a cutback in the finance available for the programme and has no connection with the reduction in public expenditure announced by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 16th January. The changes are needed for reasons that are internal to the hospital building programme itself. Pending the completion of my consultations with regional hospital boards, I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend said on 30th January.—[Vol. 757, c. 282–4.]
§ Mrs. Cullen
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will enumerate the changes made in the Scottish hospital building programme as a result of recent cuts in public expenditure, giving details of changes made since 30th January; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in view of the recent economy cuts, he will give details in each case of the changes in the hospital building programme, showing the new dates for starting and completion.