asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many new reconstructed and new temporary houses will be made available in Aden under licences for building work, and whether he is aware that hundreds of families in Aden have practically no shelter at all.
As I informed my hon. Friend on 9th July, 57 licences have been given for construction and reconstruction of houses in Aden and 4 for the erection of new temporary houses. In addition a grant of £27,500 has been approved under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act towards the cost of constructing working-class dwellings in one of the suburbs. As regards the second part of the Question, I am aware that there is a considerable deficiency of accommodation, resulting from the fact that house building has not yet caught up with the great increase of population during the war years.