§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many pay beds she has suggested, in her proposals to the Cheshire Area Health Authority, should be removed from Cheshire in the first phase of phasing out pay beds; and from which hospitals they will be removed.
§ Dr. Owen
In the proposals which my right hon. Friend has circulated for consultation she has included for phasing out 17 of the 70 pay beds currently authorised in the area. The location of the particular beds to be phased out will be decided in the light of further consultation after publication of the schedule.