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Hospitals (Birmingham)

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 22 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will make a statement on the delay in announcing a starting date for the new eye and accident hospitals in Birmingham.

These projects have been planned as part of a much larger development at the Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre which is estimated to cost about £20 million. The finances available for capital building in 1975–76 are so restricted that I do not see any real prospect of being able to start this scheme in that year. I shall shortly be asking regional hospital authorities to consider priorities for 1976–77 and thereafter.