§ Mr. Gammans
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the estimated 184W shortage of houses in Gibraltar; how many houses have been started since the end of the war; land how many completed.
Mr. Creech Jones
As I told the hon. and gallant Member for Petersfield (Sir G. Jeffreys) in the House today, new housing is needed in Gibraltar primarily to provide for the evacuees still in the United Kingdom, of whom there are about 3,000. Since the end of the war 155 temporary houses and 183 converted Nissen huts have been completed, and 45 more Nissen huts are under construction Twenty-four permanent houses have been completed, and work has begun on a building contract for 472 flats. It is estimated that the completion of this programme will enable all those Gibraltarians who wish to return to do so.