asked the Minister of Health what is the present extent of the hospital building programme; and how much of it has been curtailed or postponed.
I would ask the hon. Member to await the completion of my review of the Hospital Plan. There has been no reduction in the total amount of money expected to be available for hospital building and in the current year £5 million more has been provided than was included in the plans of the previous administration. A number of schemes in the original Plan will be postponed because of changes in estimated cost.