HC Deb 03 November 1954 vol 532 cc53-5W
95. Mrs. Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many earthquake victims in Cyprus are still living in tents; and whether housing accommodation will be provided for all who lost their homes in the earthquake before winter sets in.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Of the 33,000 people originally rendered homeless by the earthquake, 459 were still living in tents in the middle of October. Permanent houses for all except 73 tenant families should be completed this month, and it is hoped to build permanent accommodation for some of those families before the end of the year.

96. Mrs. Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that, more than a year after the earthquake in Cyprus, patients in the Paphos Hospital are still being nursed in tents; whether it is expected that another winter will have to be passed under canvas; and whether he is able to give details, including a completion date, for a new hospital.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am aware that part of the accommodation in the hospital at Paphos consists of large marquees with double roofs and concrete floors. It was considered better not to repair the damaged hospital, which was on two storeys and not designed to resist earthquake shock. A new and larger hospital, all on one floor, is being planned and should be brought into use next year.

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