§ Sir Fergus Montgomery
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many new hospitals have been built since 1979 and in which areas; what are the comparative figures for 1974–79; and how many out-patients and in-patients these can accommodate in each case.
§ Mrs. Currie
From information held centrally the following table compares the number of building schemes, each costing over £1 million, completed between 1974 and 1979, with those at the same cash price level completed since 1979. The in-patient beds provided in these schemes is also shown, but information is not readily available on the extent of out-patient facilities. The comparision cannot be revalued at current price levels because information is not held on schemes below £1 million, but it should be noted that since 1974 the building tender price index has risen from 101 to 224.117W
Region Schemes Completed since 1979 Beds Provided Schemes completed between 1974–79 Beds Provided South East Thames 13 828 6 1,243 South West Thames 15 730 10 677 Wessex 9 1,149 5 917 Oxford 9 608 10 484 South Western 11 979 6 14 West Midlands 21 1,502 11 224 Mersey 13 2,598 3 — North Western 31 2,185 6 — London Post Graduate Teaching Hospital 6 30 n/a — Total 213 20,820 120 9,752
§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list by region all hospitals whose future closure has been approved, the year when it is likely to take effect, and the number of beds that will be lost in each case; and if he will provide similar data regarding future cuts in beds in hospitals which are not being fully closed.