§ Mr. Loyden
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement about the future of the Liverpool Teaching Hospital arising out of his recent visit to that hospital.
§ Mr. Ennals
Yes. The project is a heavy burden on our capital programme and I have carried out a thorough review in consultation with the Mersey Regional326W Health Authority and also, because part of the cost relates to medical education, with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science. Having considered the various courses open to us and their costs, and also the implications for the National Health Service and medical education as a whole, we have decided that the project should continue as planned. Its total cost will be carried within our existing public expenditure allocations.