HC Deb 27 June 1956 vol 555 cc466-7
21. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many evictions have taken place in Cyprus recently as part of the emergency measures; and what steps he has taken for rehousing the homeless.

Mr. Hare

On 16th March ten householders and eighteen shopkeepers in Nicosia were evicted; they were allowed to return on 9th June. On 29th May, seventeen householders and thirty-five shopkeepers in Nicosia were evicted for a period of three months. Other accommodation was available, and no one was rendered homeless.

Mr. Hughes

Can the Minister explain why these evictions are necessary if the people are to return almost immediately? Is any opportunity given to old people, invalids and women with children to get alternative accommodation immediately, or are they left on the streets?

Mr. Hare

As I said in my reply, nobody was rendered homeless. So far as the decision to evict these people is concerned, it was taken after a series of serious incidents—a series of murders, in the case of the first eviction, culminating in the murder of a United Kingdom police sergeant; and in the second case it followed a planned ambush of British troops, in which a bomb was thrown from the upper storey of a building, causing the death of a British soldier.

Mrs. L. Jeger

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there has been any reduction in the number of these regrettable incidents as a result of these evictions?

Mr. Hare

No, and I do not know whether the hon. Lady can say whether there would not have been more incidents if these measures had not been taken.

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