A "big budget" pornographic movie was shot in a London hospital that hired out one of its wards to a film company, AFP reported Tuesday citing information from a lawmaker.

The X-rated film generated "substantial income" for the hospital, Conservative member of parliament Penny Mordaunt said Monday during a House of Commons debate on improving transparency in government accounting.

"When I was director of Kensington and Chelsea Council, I discovered that one of our local hospitals was hiring out one of its closed — but fully equipped — wards to a film company to use as a film set," Mordaunt said.

"To add insult to injury, the movie was a pornographic one," she said. "Although I cannot claim to have seen the final picture ... it was a big-budget affair and generated substantial income for the hospital."

"But apart from cheering up a few of the in-patients, it cannot be said to be contributing to the objectives of the primary care trust."

The National Health Service (NHS) authorities in the upmarket London district of Kensington and Chelsea said the filming occurred before 2002 and before the management of hospitals was taken over by primary care trusts.

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