HC Deb 19 February 1947 vol 433 cc1171-2
42. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement as to the circumstances in which British people in Palestine were, on evacuation, brought to the refugees camp at Maadi; and what are the conditions, of which an instance has been sent to him, prevailing there now.

Mr. Creech Jones

Arrangements were made by the military authorities in consultation with the Government of Palestine for a number of British subjects evacuated from Palestine to be temporarily accommodated in Egypt at Maadi Camp. The majority wish to come to the United Kingdom. Some are being given passages on ships coming from the Middle East, and a ship is being sent from this Country for the, remainder, who should arrive here early in March. Conditions in the camp were not satisfactory during the first few days, but they have since been considerably improved, and the latest report indicates that the present arrangements are as good as the situation and nature of the camp permit. All necessary amenities, including special foods for young children, facilities for recreation, social activities, etc. have been provided and I am quite sure that everything possible is being done for the welfare of the evacuees.