Mr. Robert G. Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many properties owned and administered by his Department have been empty for(a) more than six months or (b) more than one year; and what is the regional distribution of these properties.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The National Health Service has some 4,000 hectares of land which is surplus to requirements and in process of disposal. The distribution between regional health authorities is as follows:
Region Surplus land area (hectares) Northern 355 Yorkshire 509 Trent 535 East Anglia 94 North West Thames 86 North East Thames 335 South East Thames 394 South West Thames 287 Wessex 25 Oxford 91 South Western 182 West Midlands 573 Mersey 278 North Western 339
Detailed information about the length of time National Health Service property has been empty is not held centrally.