HC Deb 31 July 1974 vol 878 cc400-1W
Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if the plans for phase I of the development of Colchester Hospital as a district hospital are up to schedule; and if she will now give an estimate of the latest timing for building.

Dr. Owen

Yes. But I am as yet unable to announce a starting date for this scheme. Starting dates provisionally adopted for planning purposes are tentative and subject to review in the light of the circumstances, including both progress in planning and the financial resources available. The financial resources for 1975–76 onward depend upon the outcome of the annual review of public expenditure.