Building Expenditure

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1959.

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Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Poole 12:00 am, 20th July 1959

asked the Minister of Health how much money was made available for building hospitals in 1951, and how much in 1958.

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

In England and Wales, £8½ million was spent on hospital building in 1950–51 and about £20 million in 1958–59.

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Poole

Does my right hon. and learned Friend not agree that the improvement shown in the Answers to both these Questions is a further striking mark of the success and efficiency of Tory Government?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

Yes, I agree with my hon. and gallant Friend. He has done a public service by drawing attention to the gratifying progress which we are making and which we certainly hope to continue to make.

Dr. Snmmerskill:

To have the proper picture, can the Minister tell us how much was spent on housing on bombed sites in 1951?

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

How many building trade workers are unemployed now?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

I cannot tell the right hon. Lady without notice, especially as it is a matter for another Minister.