HC Deb 25 November 1959 vol 614 c364
39. Mr. Ross

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps have been, and are being, taken to provide adequate permanent accommodation for Army personnel in Aden.

Mr. Soames

Sixteen new barrack huts are nearly complete. They will provide air-conditioned sleeping accommodation for 640 men. A second contract has recently been placed for 240 married quarters and air-conditioned barracks for an infantry battalion. The first block should be ready in ten months and the rest by the summer of 1961. A third contract will be let in the spring to provide messes and offices. Those are the principal measures. We are also putting up camps with air-conditioned sleeping quarters for a number of troops who would otherwise be under canvas or in overcrowded huts. Any further building will depend on the size of the permanent garrison of Aden.

Mr. Mellish

How many of our personnel are in Aden? We have heard that 640 men will have air-conditioned accommodation.

Mr. Soames

This is related to a Question which the hon. Member for Kilmarnock (Mr. Ross) asked me last week about the number at present living in tented accommodation in Aden. The Answer was about 700.

Mr. Kershaw

My right hon. Friend did not say in his Answer whether married quarters are to be air-conditioned. I should like to know whether they are. If not, will it not be very hot for married couples in Aden?

Mr. Soames

There will be a measure of air conditioning in married quarters.