§ Mr. George Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his policy towards the transfer of national health service equipment from hospital to voluntary sector housing.
§ Mr. Dorrell
Transfer of equipment from a hospital to a voluntary housing association is a matter for local arrangement by the health authority concerned, and will depend on the circumstances of each case. General guidance has been issued to health authorities on the disposal of surplus equipment.
Table 1: The change in average real net incomes1 and total purchasing power of pensioner units between 1979 and 1988 Average real net incomes (£pw, 1988 prices)2 Number of pensioner units in United Kingdom (thousands)3 Total weekly purchasing power of all pensioner units (£ million pw at 1988 prices)4 1979 79.70 6,980 560 1988 106.30 7,360 780 Change 1979–1988 + 26.70 + 380 + 230 Percentage change 1979–1988 + 34 + 5 + 41