HC Deb 20 June 1988 vol 135 c411W
Mr. Dobson

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to the answer of 23 May,Official Report, column 93, whether health authorities may lease hospitals on a permanent basis to the private sector.

Mrs. Currie

At present, when a health authority does not envisage any further use for a National Health Service property it is required to dispose of the freehold. Exceptionally, a long-term lease may be granted, but only where there are strong reasons in the public interest for doing so.

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