HC Deb 20 March 1956 vol 550 cc987-8
24. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for War the circumstances in which wives and families of officers and men are permitted to continue to live in or to leave Cyprus; and if he is satisfied that the measures for their protection from violence are adequate.

Mr. F. Maclean

All families now in Cyprus went out voluntarily, and those who do not wish to remain may apply to return home whenever they wish. My right hon. Friend is satisfied that proper measures are being taken to protect families.

Mr. Sorensen

Can the hon. Gentleman say how many wives and families returned to this country last year, and has he been informed that in some cases protection seems to be inadequate?

Mr. Maclean

My information is that most of the families are perfectly happy in Cyprus. Certainly the number of applications to return home which we have received from families, including those with small children, has been negligible.

Mr. Sorensen

Will the hon. Gentleman answer the second part of my question?