§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is his estimate of 380W the effect of the public expenditure cuts announced for the year 1980–81 on the district general hospital building programme for Wrexham, Llanelli, Bridgend and Morriston; if he will list his estimated starting dates for each hospital and the latest estimate of the costs envisaged; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Wyn Roberts
No cuts affecting the National Health Service were announced. The White Paper (Cmnd. 7746) makes it clear that the Government plan to maintain spending on the National Health Service in 1980–81 at the level proposed by the last Administration. The proposed major hospital developments at Bridgend, Morriston and Wrexham are still expected to start in the latter part of 1980–81. Site problems at Llanelli preclude a start before 1982–83.
The latest estimates of costs, at October 1979 prices, are:—
£m Morriston 13.2 Bridgend 16.3 Wrexham 11.3
Estimates are not yet available for Llanelli.