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Leeds (Hospital)

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 15 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, following the expenditure of approximately £3,000,000 on preparatory work over the past 12 years, whether she can now say when she expects a decision to be made, on the tenders now to hand, to commence work on phase I of the new General Infirmary at Leeds.

Following my right hon. Friend's statement in the debate on the National Health Service on 2nd December 1974—[Vol. 882, c. 1216.]—consultations are taking place on the detail of the 1975–76 health capital programme.At this stage I cannot say which schemes I shall be able to approve for a start during the period up to 31st March 1976.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what amount of money has been allocated by her Department through the Yorkshire Regional Health Authority for the years 1974–75, 1975–76 and 1976–77 towards the building of phase 1 of the new hospital complex planned by the former United Leeds Hospital Board of Governors and the University of Leeds joint planning committee and team, under the approval of the Department of Health, and tenders for which were received and opened in March 1974.

As I indicated in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Norman-ton (Mr. Roberts) today, I cannot say which schemes I shall be able to approve for a start in the period to 31st March 1976. My Department has allocated £500,000 for design fees in 1974–75 in respect of the Leeds new teaching hospital. No allocations have yet been made for 1975–76 and 1976–77.