Singleton Hospital, Swansea

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1972.

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Photo of Alan Williams Alan Williams , Swansea West 12:00 am, 18th December 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the future of Swansea's Singleton Hospital.

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

The Welsh Hospital Board has just issued a consultation document on its proposals for the hospital service in the Swansea area. It is therefore not appropriate for me to make a statement at this stage.

Photo of Alan Williams Alan Williams , Swansea West

Does the Minister realise that it is felt in Swansea to be completely unsatisfactory that decisions about the eventual size of the Singleton Hospital are dependent on a decision that must he taken about the medical school in Swansea, as that decision apparently will not he made for a long time? Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the city council has made it absolutely clear that it is willing to provide land for such a school but that it has been unable to obtain guidance from the board? Will he ensure that such guidance is given as to whether the retention in use of Sketty Lane will or will not stop the eventual provision of a medical school in Swansea?

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

I am aware of the problem. I visited Swansea about two years ago and discussed with representatives of the council the question of the medical school. Although I understand the hon. Gentleman's concern, it is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science, and any question about Sketty Lane must be a matter for the council.