§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will indicate whether the sale of Holywood Hall hospital in County Durham was advertised publicly;
(2) whether any inquiries received by the Northern regional health authority to purchase the Holywood Hall hospital complex were received prior to its closure;
(3) whether the Northern regional health authority sought planning permission to enhance the value of the Holywood Hall hospital complex before it was offered for sale;
(4) whether the Northern regional health authority carried out any vetting procedures on the firms which bid for the Holywood Hall hospital site.
§ Mrs. Currie
The Northern regional health authority has been asked for a report on the sale of Holywood Hall hospital, and I will let the hon. Member have a reply as soon as it has been received and studied.