§ Mr. McNamara
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the present work at the Townsend maternity home; and how does he envisage the future work load at the hospital.
§ Dr. Vaughan
At present all 17 general practitioner beds are open. The hon. Member is aware that the Yorkshire regional health authority has asked my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services to adjudicate in the proposals by the Humberside area health366W authority to close Townsend for maternity purposes. The area health authority is still considering possible alternative Health Service uses of the premises.