HC Deb 27 June 1978 vol 952 cc535-6W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many private hospitals have been given planning permission since the establishment of the Health Services Board.

Dr. M. S. Miller

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) in respect of how many private hospitals planning consent has been given since the Health Services Act 1976; and how many beds were concerned in each case;

(2) how many private hospitals are at present under construction.

Mr. Ennals

The information is not available in the form requested. The Health Services Board has authorised the development of one new private hospital of 150 beds. It has also been notified of proposals for the development of 25 new hospitals, involving a total of 1,172 beds, which because they each have fewer than 100 beds in Greater London or 75 elsewhere are not subject to the Board's approval. The Board has also received four applications and 17 notifications in respect of extensions or adaptations to existing private hospitals. This information is in respect of Great Britain.

These figures should not be regarded as necessarily indicative of the number of developments for which local authority planning permission will be either sought or granted.