§ Mr. Thurnham
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services how much surplus land and property has been sold by the North Western regional health authority; what sums were raised as a result; and how much further land and property held by the authority is surplus to requirement.
§ Mrs. Currie
All health authorities are encouraged to dispose of redundant land and buildings promptly. Information is not held centrally on the number of surplus land and property sites sold by North Western regional health authority, but revenue from sales over the last five-year period is given as:
£ 1982–83 599,762 1983–84 998,663 1984–85 1,978,761 1985–86 2,693,555 1986–87 8,768,675
There are approximately 10 land-property sites over 1 acre currently considered surplus to requirement. This figure may vary, however, depending on local service rationalisation decisions.