Leeds

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th December 1954.

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Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds North East 12:00 am, 13th December 1954

asked the Minister of Health the capital allocation for Leeds region in the coming financial year; and how this compares with the current year.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

The basic allocation in each year is £413,000. In addition, the board have had a supplementary allocation this year of £40,000 for works to save running costs; and some £97,000 is likely to be spent this year, and £90,000 next year, on schemes financed from central funds.

Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds North East

Is the Minister aware that this amount is totally inadequate for the needs of the area, particularly in regard to mental hospitals? Can he give us some indication of the Government's intentions in this respect? Is he aware that recently the Leeds City Council had a cut in their housing programme from 3,000 to roughly 2,000, and that one reason given was that more was to be spent on schools and hospitals? Do I understand that now we are to get neither houses nor hospitals?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

The housing programme is not a matter for me. Perhaps the hon. Lady would like to draw my attention to the statement to which she has referred, as I have never heard of it.