§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he is taking to seek to ensure that the former St. George's hospital, Hyde Park Corner, does not fall into further disrepair.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Temporary remedial work has been carried out following damage caused partly by the bad weather earlier this year. We will keep the need for further work under review and seek to ensure that this historic building does not deteriorate further. Twenty-four hour security is being maintained to combat possible vandalism.
I am glad to say that lawyers are well advanced with work to bring to contract an agreement I have reached with the Grosvenor estate for the sale of our Department's interest in the site, following which I understand that the estate will be in a position to give effect to its plans to redevelop the site, including restoration of the Wilkins building.