asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will report on progress on hospital construction within the North Western regional health authority area; which programmes have been delayed; and if he will make a detailed statement regarding each such delay.
In the North-Western region, there are 77 health building schemes each costing over £1million at various stages of planning, design and construction. The total value of this programme which will make a major contribution to the National Health Service estate in the region is estimated at £500 million.Responsibility for the management of this capital programme lies with the North-Western regional health authority. The hon. Member may therefore wish to pursue any inquiries with the chairman of the authority.