§ Colonel Clarke
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the urgent need in London for a hostel where African visitors to this country can be satisfactorily housed during their stay and receive any advice and help necessary, he proposes to take any steps to institute such a hostel.
Mr. Creech Jones
Hostels are provided in London for the temporary accommodation of students, and all categories of visitors from Africa are welcome to apply to my Department for guidance and are if necessary put in touch with other authorities if they need employment, assistance or accommodation. I am convinced that many African visitors other than students would not welcome special hostels during their stay in this country and would prefer to go to hotels and other accommodation available for the general public. My Department is however in consultation with the other Departments concerned about the special needs of colonial people who come over to live and work in this country.