It is planned to spent £1,416,000 this financial year and £1,104,000 next year on new geriatric beds and the upgrading of existing ones. Large sums are, of course, spent annually on the maintenance of existing facilities, but the accounts are not kept in a way that enables geriatric costs to be separately identified.
Although this question of geriatric beds was ridiculed by United Ulster Unionist Council Members behind me, who wish to keep this Government in office, none the less that answer proves that I am right in seeking to get this Government out of office. It is a disgraceful situation in Northern Ireland—
The hon. Member for Down, North (Mr. Kilfedder) sounds more and more like a candidate for one of the beds.
In Northern Ireland we achieve 14.9 beds per 1,000, whereas the national average is 15. I should have thought that direct rule was doing quite well in terms of geriatric beds.
Will my hon. Friend arrange for one of those beds to be given to the hon. Member for Down, North (Mr. Kilfedder), who can stay there, for what good he is here?
That is not entirely related to the question of geriatric beds. If the hon. Gentleman will let me have details of the matter that he has raised, I shall have it looked into and will send him a reply.