HC Deb 20 March 1956 vol 550 cc977-8
9. Mr. Dodds

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware of the unsatisfactory conditions in the married quarters attached to Woolwich Barracks; and when either bells or knockers as well as letter-boxes are to be provided on the front doors.

The Under-Secretary of State for War (Mr. Fitzroy Maclean)

We know that many of these married quarters are unsatisfactory. A programme of improvements has been drawn up. Letter-boxes and bells or knockers on the front doors will be provided as soon as possible.

Mr. Dodds

Is the hon. Member aware that I note with interest the activity which has taken place since I put down the Question? Is he aware of the miserable conditions under which Service men's families have to live at Woolwich? Would he consider the creation of some machinery whereby the wives can have consultation with somebody about making the conditions much more tolerable, because the women would like to be considered?

Mr. Maclean

The hon. Member is quite wrong in thinking that he was the first person to draw our attention to the need for improvements. We have been aware of this for a long time, but all these matters have to be dealt with in order of priority.