§ Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is satisfied that everything possible has been done to meet the needs of those evacuated from the neighbourhood of Waterloo airfield, Sierra Leone; whether sufficient alternative accommodation has been provided and adequate compensation given; and what steps have been taken sympathetically to consider grievances arising out of the eviction.
§ Colonel Stanley
As to the needs of those evacuated and the provision of alternative accommodation, I understand that there are large areas of suitable building land just outside the restriction area, which extends only to a depth of three-quarters of a mile around the airfield. The number of persons affected was approximately 1,500, of whom about one half were labourers temporarily resident who have now returned to their homes. Full details of resettlement are not available, but a substantial number of house owners have built within two miles of the former site. All assistance requested has been given to the satisfaction of those concerned, With regard to compensation, I would refer to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Lambeth, North (Mr. G. Strauss) on 2nd of May.