HC Deb 06 May 1976 vol 910 cc435-6W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if any directives have been issued by his Department, either via the Department of the Environment or directly, to local authorities advising them not to receive planning applications for private health facilities unless accompanied by a notification of approval from his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Dr. Owen

No such directives have been issued to local authorities. With the agreement of the Department of the Environment, my Department has sent to local authorities copies of an explanatory notice about the provisions of the Health Services Bill, which was read a Second time on 27th April. This leaflet deals with the provisions in the Bill relating to the authorisation by an

Mr. Holland

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients will be transferred from Westdale Hospital for Mentally Handicapped Children to the new Sandfield Unit at Nottingham City Hospital; and how many patients currently at Westdale Hospital cannot be accommodated at the Sandfield Unit.

Dr. Owen

About 20 and 16 patients, respectively.