asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the outcome of his Department's discussions with the North-West regional health authority on its consultative document which raised the question of a special financial allocation being made to enable a community hospital to be built in Skelmersdale.
My Department has advised the regional health authority that this question should be taken up in the first instance with the Skelmersdale New Town Development Corporation. I am writing to my hon. Friend and to my hon. Friend the Member for Ince (Mr. McGuire), who has also written to me on this subject.