Oral Answers to Questions — Highbury Hospital, Birmingham.

– in the House of Commons at on 23 November 1931.

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Photo of Sir Francis Fremantle Sir Francis Fremantle , St Albans

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asked the Minister of Pensions what use will be made of the Highbury Hospital, Birmingham, when it is closed; whether the equipment belongs to the Ministry and, if so, how it will be disposed of; and what is to become of the medical and non-medical staff?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

The use to which the premises will be put when the hospital is vacated by the Ministry rests with the trustees. Much of the equipment belongs to the Birmingham Pensions Hospital Committee, but such of it as belongs to the State will be taken over by His Majesty's Office of Works. Alternative employment has been provided or offered to as many as possible of the members of the staff who are in the direct employment of the Ministry, including the Medical Superintendent. The majority of the staff, however, are employés of the Hospital Committee.

Photo of Sir Francis Fremantle Sir Francis Fremantle , St Albans

When one of these hospitals is about to be closed down, is there any communication with other Government Departments as to their possible use by them, or is it left to the Office of Works to warehouse the equipment?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

Hospitals, as they are vacated by one service, are immediately used for another.

Photo of Sir Francis Fremantle Sir Francis Fremantle , St Albans

But as to the equipment, is it left to the Board of Works to put it in warehouse, or is it offered to other Departments?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

Naturally, the equipment would be used where it was wanted.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Will the right hon. and gallant Member use his influence to find employment for those officials of the Highbury Hospital who are not officers of the Ministry, as otherwise very great hardship will be inflicted on them?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I could not undertake specially to do that.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

But is the right hon. and gallant Member aware of the valuable service rendered by these nonofficial servants?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I am well aware that their services are valuable, and I have no doubt the committee will do their best for them.