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Financial Assistance And Job Creation

Volume 76: debated on Monday 1 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list in the Official Report the amount of financial assistance which has been directed through the Welsh Office since 1979, and the number of jobs created since 1979 as a result of such financial assistance, in each constituency in Wales.

Ward and name of hospitalReason for closureLength of closure to date
Clwyd
North Wales hospital, Denbigh 24 bed psychiatric wardRefurbishment4 months
Gwynedd
Garth Angharad psychiatric hospital, Dolgellau (complement now reduced from 19 to 11 beds)Fire damage3 months
Powys
Bronllys hospital 8 bed mental handicapped wardRepairs to heating system1 month
East Dyfed
St. David's hospital, Carmarthen
1. 12 bed psychiatric wardPartly closed due to fire damage20 months
2. 20 bed psychiatric wardMajor redevelopment scheme in progress1 year
Pembrokeshire
Withybush hospital, Haverfordwest
1. 30 bed trauma and orthopaedic wardRepairs to floor1 month
2. 30 bed general surgery wardRepairs to floor1 month
South Pembroke hospital 12 bed GP medical wardBuilding structurally unsafe3 months
West Glamorgan
Cefn Coed, Swansea 23 bed long stay psychiatric wardUpgrading work4 months
Neath General hospital 23 bed orthopaedicUpgrading work5 months
Mid Glamorgan
Maesteg General hospital Children's wardStaff shortages12 months
Parc hospital, Bridgend 1 ward, mental illnessRedecorations12 months
South Glamorgan

The main instruments by which my Department provides financial assistance towards job creation are regional selective assistance and, since November 1984, regional development grants under the new scheme.Information in the form requested is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. At present, statistics of regional selective assistance can be provided for all administrative areas in Wales but will not be available for all travel-to-work areas or for parliamentary constituencies until later this year.