HC Deb 30 March 1955 vol 539 cc377-8
56. Mr. J. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the situation created by the absence of water supplies, drainage, sanitary facilities or precautions against conflagration in the slum settlements around Lusaka; and what action is proposed to improve such conditions or otherwise deal with the problem.

Mr. Hopkinson

I am aware that a considerable number of Africans are living in temporary houses in some 20 unauthorised settlements in and around Lusaka, where conditions are unsatisfactory, although water supplies are generally adequate; I am hoping that the continued efforts of the Government and the Lusaka Municipality in building houses and providing services will lead to the disappearance of these slums.

Mr. Hynd

Is the Minister really satisfied that the water supplies are adequate? Has he checked what the position is about drainage and on lavatory facilities? I understand that in a number of these settlements all three items are completely absent. In addition, there appears to be no arrangement to prevent a conflagration. Will the right hon. Gentleman look more closely into this matter to see that more housing accommodation, more suitable water supplies, drainage, and fire precautions are provided?

Mr. Hopkinson

I have described these as slums, and they are slums. Water supplies are adequate, but the sanitary facilities are very bad. The Lusaka municipality is getting on with the job of building houses, but meanwhile I shall see that as far as possible the suggestions of the hon. Member are carried out.