§ Mr. Cartwright
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when the Royal Herbert hospital buildings at Woolwich were acquired by the South-East Thames regional health authority from the Property Services Agency; at what cost; and for what purpose.
§ Mr. Chope
The Royal Herbert hospital buildings at Woolwich were transferred, without payment, to the South-East Thames regional health authority in March 1981. The authority planned to use part of the site as a residential centre for the mentally handicapped and severely disturbed and to dispose of surplus land not required for this purpose. I understand that another location was subsequently chosen for the residential centre and that the site has remained unused. The authority plans to dispose of it and is investigating the planning position prior to a sale on the open market.