§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement about the proposed closure of the Fleming memorial hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, outlining the criteria used to reach such a decision.58W
with local office boundaries. The tables show the figures available for the Greater Manchester area as a whole. The figures provided refer to the position in December 1983, the latest details available.
Table A Number of claimants* Thousands Total number of supplementary benefit claimants 267 Total number of pensioners 98 Total number of claimants with dependants 61 Total number of claimants under 25 years 57 * Number of claimants rounded to the nearest 1,000.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
Newcastle health authority will shortly be considering comments made on its proposal to transfer services from the Fleming memorial hospital. If the proposal is subsequently referred to me, I shall consider the case on its merits.