HC Deb 15 June 1981 vol 6 c268W
Mr. Bulmer

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what further decision he is able to announce about the future administrative structure for health services; and if he will make a statement.

Dr. Vaughan

I am pleased to be able to announce that my right hon. Friend has made decisions on the recommendations of the West Midlands regional health authority for restructuring the National Health Service in that region. Subject to the necessary order being made in due course, the following district health authorities will be established and will come into being on 1 April 1982:

Resident population
Dudley 297,000
Shropshire 366,000
Sandwell 310,000
Walsall 266,000
Wolverhampton 260,000
Herefordshire 147,000
Worcester and District 223,000
Kidderminster and District 100,000
Bromsgrove and Redditch 142,000
North Warwickshire 169,000
South Warwickshire 215,000
Rugby 86,000
Coventry 340,000
North Staffordshire 469,000
Mid Staffordshire 290,000
South East Staffordshire 238,000
Solihull 198,000
East Birmingham 220,000
North Birmingham 163,000
Central Birmingham 185,000
South Birmingham 257,000
West Birmingham 220,000

As a result of these changes, the present 11 area authorities and 22 districts will be reduced to 22 new district authorities.