HC Deb 24 November 1937 vol 329 cc1210-1
34. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has considered the report of the Gibraltar Housing Commission which gave instances of seven adults living in one room with several children under 10 years of age, and reported that 36 per cent. of the working-class population were occupying single-room tenements; and whether any steps are being taken to remedy this state of affairs?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

Yes, Sir. I have seen this report, and have approved the Commission's recommendation that a loan of£100,000 should be made by the Gibraltar Government to the Gibraltar City Council to be expended during the next five years on the provision of new houses. The City Council have already prepared plans for certain of the buildings. The Commission also made a large number of ancillary recommendations and a number of these have already been implemented.

Mr. Gallacher

Is not the Minister conscious of the fact that it is a scandal that the Governor should be writing letters about sport to General Franco when these conditions exist, and will he not stop this?

Mr. De la Bère

Will the hon. Member for West Fife (Mr. Gallacher) sometimes bear in mind that silence is golden?

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