HC Deb 27 May 1952 vol 501 c1131
8. Colonel J. H. Harrison

asked the Secretary of State for War how many permanent barracks, including married quarters, have been built for military personnel in the Suez Canal Zone during the last three years.

Mr. Head

None, Sir.

Colonel Harrison

Is my right hon. Friend aware that, whilst there are two good permanent R.A.F. camps, a lot of our Army men and officers and their wives are living in deplorable conditions in the Canal Zone? Will not the Government make up their minds whether or not, strategically, we are to hold the Canal Zone? If we are to hold it, could not better quarters be constructed for our troops and, if not, should we not evacuate the Zone?

Mr. Head

It is not easy at the moment to arrive at a definite policy decision with regard to the Middle East. It was for that reason that no permanent buildings were put up.