§ Mr. Leslie Huckfield
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what consideration his Department has given to re-classification of district general hospitals based upon the increased number of beds; and if he will make a statement;
(2) what is the number of beds recommended by his Department for classification as a district general hospital.
§ Mr. Crossman
District general hospitals are defined by their functions, not by the number of beds included. I am awaiting the report of the Central Health Services Council's Committee on the Functions of the District General Hospital.