§ Mr. Levitt
To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will have the responsibility for the upkeep of the Devonshire Royal Hospital building in Buxton when it is no longer required as a hospital by Stockport Health Authority. 
§ Mr. Milburn
Responsibility will remain with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health until such time as the building is disposed of to a third party. Every effort will be made to find a new owner before health services are withdrawn and the building is decommissioned for healthcare purposes, which is expected to be in 2000.