To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions have taken place between the Houslow and Spelthorne district health authority and the North West Thames regional health authority concerning a new surgical block for the West Middlesex university hospital; on what date the district is expected to submit the formal application to the region; by what date the region expects to decide; what is the expected gross capital cost; what contribution to the cost will be made from the sale of the site of the former South Middlesex hospital following the grant of planning permission for a Tesco shop; and whether the consent of the Secretary of State for health is required.
I understand that there have been discussions between the Hounslow and Spelthorne district health authority and the North West Thames regional health authority over many months concerning the use of funds of some £29 million from the sale of the former South Middlesex hospital towards the further development of the West Middlesex university hospital. A formal application was submitted in January 1992. Until the final shape and cost of the scheme is decided it is not possible to say whether the scheme will require my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's consent.