§ Mrs. Anne Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much NHS land has been sold with planning permission for commercial development in each of the past five years.911W
§ Mr. Sackville
I have been asked to reply.
This information is not available centrally. Health authorities are required to obtain the best price that can reasonably be obtained in disposing of surplus land, and land which has the potential for development should normally be sold with the benefit of planning permission. In the past 10 years, the national health service has disposed of over 5,000 hectares realising £1.1 billion which has been reinvested in health services.