HC Deb 24 March 1977 vol 928 cc659-60W
Mr. Edward Gardner

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will ensure that the North-West Regional Health Authority co-operates with and helps representatives of the Lancashire County Council and other interested parties to have their views taken into consideration before any final decision is made upon the size and siting of the proposed psycho-geriatric unit at Lytham Hospital;

(2) if he will instruct the North-West Regional Health Authority to reconsider the size and site of the psycho-geriatric unit which it is proposed to build at Lytham Hospital.

Mr. Moyle

The North-Western Regional Health Authority approved on 32nd March the acceptance of tenders for work on the proposed new unit to start on 28th March. In taking this decition I am informed that the authority took fully into account local views and representations including those of Lancashire County Council. Approval of the local planing authority has been received for the work.

The regional health authority is providing a detailed report on the need for the unit and the reasons for the chosen site. When I receive and consider this I will write to the hon. Member more fully in reply to his letter to me of 14th March.