HC Deb 28 March 1994 vol 240 c591W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to collect centrally information on hospital closures in England.

Mr. Sackville

No, these are for local decision except where statutory objections are raised. In her statement of 21 October 1993,Official Report, columns 398–412, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced changes to streamline and simplify central management. This requires that central reports are kept to a minimum.

Mr. Milburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 23 March,Official Report, columns 231–32, if she will list the known hospital closures contested by community health councils in each year between 1979 and 1988.

Mr. Sackville

Records of notification of proposed closures were not routinely collected before 1990. The previous reply provided all the information readily available.