asked the Minister of Health the number of aged persons awaiting hostel accommodation in the Durham County Council area; how many hostels have been built by the county council for aged persons; and how many applications to build he has refused.
I understand that on 23rd February the number of aged persons on the waiting list kept by the county council was 61. Two hostels for aged persons in need of care and attention are in course of construction. I have told the county council that proposals to build four further hostels for persons in need of care must be deferred for the time being.
asked the Minister of Health whether he has yet given final approval for the building of an old people's home at Kenton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; and when the work is to be commenced.
The plans of the building have been approved, but since acquisition of the steel necessary for its erection cannot be authorised at present it is not possible to say when work will start.