§ Mr. Cohen
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on the guidance he has issued to planning authorities in respect of green belt land surrounding or containing historic hospital complexes which become surplus to requirements and for which development using part of the green belt land is proposed; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Sir Paul Beresford
Advice on major developed sites in the green belt, including hospitals, is provided in annexe C to planning policy guidance note 2. Paragraph C11 advises that suitable re-use is to be preferred to redevelopment where the buildings are of architectural or historic interest.