HC Deb 14 December 1955 vol 547 c1194
11. Mr. Tilney

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any Government House in Nigeria is air-conditioned, either in whole or in part.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Air-conditioning is being introduced into parts of the Government Houses at Lagos and Ibadan. It is not considered necessary in those at Kaduna or Enugu.

Mr. Tilney

Is my right hon. Friend aware that private enterprise, in order to produce a proper working atmosphere in tropical climates, has in many parts of the Commonwealth introduced air-conditioning, and will he take action to see that these Government offices are so treated?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am certainly on the side of using modern scientific marvels for the comfort of our own service.

Mr. Stokes

Can the right hon. Gentleman say who decides whether air-conditioning is necessary or not? Are the people on the spot entitled to say so, or is it done arbitrarily at this end?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

In one case which I have in mind, but not necessarily there, had the Governor in question not hated it, it would have been put in already.

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