HC Deb 23 June 1978 vol 952 cc334-5W
Mr. Urwin

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will announce his decision about the future of Seaham Hall Hospital.

Mr. Moyle

After careful consideration, I have agreed to the closure of Seaham Hall Hospital. It is neither required for its present use, for which better provision has been made, nor is it suitable for the alternative uses suggested by the organisations which were consulted over its proposed closure. Moreover the funds which would be needed to maintain it for these alternative uses are better deployed elsewhere within the area and particularly at the new Sunderland District General Hospital. I appreciate that my decision will be a great disappointment to many local people who value the attractive buildings. I am actively seeking to find a use for the premises outside the National Health Service so that they may continue to benefit the local community.