§ Mr. Sillars
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from Greater Glasgow health board about the disposal of Elder cottage hospital; what guarantees were given on its transfer to the National Health Service on its maintenance for a medical purpose; and what proposals he has for its future.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
None. There is no legal requirement that the hospital, which has been empty since March 1988, be retained for a medical purpose. The Greater Glasgow health board has recently completed consultation about its proposals for the permanent closure of the hospital, which would require the consent of my right hon. and learned Friend.