§ 18. Mr. de Freitas
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will make a statement on the help given by the Royal Air Force, St. Athan, to the organisers and competitors at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
§ Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing
We are making accommodation available at R.A.F. Station St. Athan for the 1,500 competitors and officials. They also have the use of the station recreational facilities which, in addition to a gymnasium and playing fields, include an athletics track and a 400 swimming bath. The buildings handed over form a self-contained village.
The first parties arrived early this month and we have offered to make the accommodation available until mid-August. No rent is being charged, although the organisers of the Games are of course responsible for any extra expenditure which may be incurred.
Perhaps I may take this opportunity to say how glad we are to make facilities available to the Commonwealth teams and officials in this way.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
As one who has had the privilege of visiting the camp, may I pay a great tribute to the Ministry and those who are responsible at St. Athan for the splendid facilities they are providing for the athletes?
§ Mr. Orr-Ewing
I gladly accept the right hon. Gentleman's remarks. People on the spot have a wonderful opportunity of meeting Commonwealth competitors from all over the world and this very day they may have an opportunity to meet His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.