HC Deb 14 February 1980 vol 978 cc813-4W
Mr. Ashton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in view of the fact that 10 houses on the Rampton special hospital, Nottinghamshire, estate are standing empty, why his Department is spending £400,000 buying 27 Barratt houses near the hospital.

Sir George Young

Many of the staff houses at Rampton hospital, including those standing empty, are well below modem standards and plans for their modernisation are under review. The houses outside the estate are being bought as an essential first step to enable the programme for improving the stock of houses at the hospital to be undertaken.