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Hut Accommodation, Northern Ireland

Volume 389: debated on Tuesday 25 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the sleeping accommodation in Nissen huts and wooden huts in Northern Ireland has been reduced in cubic space per man, without any additional ventilation being provided, and that wooden huts previously accommodating 19 men are now to accommodate 28; will he see that the health of the men is not impaired through lack of sufficient ventilation; and if the medical authorities have approved of this?

It has been necessary to issue instructions to increase the number of men sleeping in huts but only if adequate ventilation approved by the medical authorities is provided. If my hon. Friend will send me particulars of the cases to which he refers I will have them investigated.