Pontefract and Castleford

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

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Photo of Mr George Sylvester Mr George Sylvester , Pontefract 12:00 am, 13th December 1954

asked the Minister of Health whether he will increase the allocation to the Leeds Regional Hospital Board so as to enable the hospital facilities under the Pontefract and Castleford Management Committee, especially in Castleford, to be extended, as requested by the hon. Member for Pontefract and the Castleford Urban District Council.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

No, sir, regional board's ordinary projects are not nominated by me.

Photo of Mr George Sylvester Mr George Sylvester , Pontefract

Is the Minister aware that, in the area covered by this Management Commitee, there is already a shortage of over 200 beds, and that unless the regional hospital board receive an increased allocation, it looks to me as if in a number of areas there will be no further development of hospitals?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

As the hon. Gentleman knows, Pontefract is in a deficient area, but if I make an extra allocation to the board, it does not follow that the board will give it to Pontefract.