HC Deb 23 February 1971 vol 812 cc91-2W
82. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will issue instructions to regional hospital boards to provide adequate parking facilities besides large hospitals; and whether he is aware of the lack of parking at Dorchester County Hospital.

Mr. Alison

Guidance on provision of car parking facilities in association with new hospital building schemes was issued some years ago, and is currently being reviewed. But hospital authorities have to have regard to such factors as the space available and the needs of essential users. The space available for car parking at Dorchester County Hospital has been restricted temporarily because of building developments on the site. The restriction is likely to continue for about 12 months and the provision will then be reviewed by the hospital management committee.

cover the expense. As my right hon. Friend told my hon. Friend the Member for Reading (Dr. Vaughan) on 26th November, these payments are being improved.—[Vol.807, c. 210–11.]