Netley Hospital

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1956.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw 12:00 am, 7th February 1956

asked the Secretary of State for War what proposals have been submitted to him by the General Officer Commanding, Southern Command, concerning Netley Hospital; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Anthony Head Mr Anthony Head , Carshalton

I have received no formal proposals, but I know that the main building is out of date. It is within the general plan for the improvement of hospitals.

Photo of Mr Frederick Bellenger Mr Frederick Bellenger , Bassetlaw

Was it with the approval of the right hon. Gentleman that the General Officer Commanding made a statement to the Press the other day that this hospital was sadly out of date, was costing £50,000 a year to keep up, and needed rebuilding? Is not that more within the province of the right hon. Gentleman himself?

Photo of Mr Anthony Head Mr Anthony Head , Carshalton

I was not aware of this statement, but, of course, it is factual, and I have no objection to factual statements being made by generals.