HC Deb 27 April 1966 vol 727 cc24-5W
Mr. McMaster

asked the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to deal with the nuisance caused by the sewers at Aden to members of the Services serving on H.M.S. "Sheba"; and if he will make a statement of his plans for improving service quarters and amenities pending the closure of this British base.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

It is not possible to remove the public sewer running under H.M.S. "Sheba", but a length of pipe has been added to take the effluent further out to sea. H.M.S. "Sheba" is fully air conditioned, and I am assured that there is no danger to health.

Capital expenditure on further amenity projects in Aden is being carefully examined to ensure that it will give immediate benefit during the limited period in which British Forces are likely to remain in Aden. Of course we must continue to look after the health and well being of Service men and their families during this period and steps are being taken to improve air conditioning in official hirings, and recreational and social amenities. The latter will include better sailing facilities at Aden and Little Aden for all ranks, and improvements to the Tarshyne Officers Club.