asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the funding of Basildon hospital.
I understand that the North East Thames regional health authority has agreed to provide £2·1 million commencing in 1987–88 for the centralisation of maternity, gynaecology, and neo-natal inpatient services at Basildon hospital.The funding of services at Basildon hospital is a matter for Basildon and Thurrock health authority. I was pleased to meet recently a delegation from the authority, led by my hon. Friend and my hon. Friend the Member for Billericay (Mr. Proctor), informing me of its plans to improve services in Basildon and Thurrock. My hon. Friend may wish to write to that authority about any other matter concerning the services provided there.