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Colonial House, Whitechapel

Volume 462: debated on Monday 7 March 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that Colonial House, 17 Leman Street, Whitechapel, was raided by the police on 29th January last, and certain of its inmates arrested; and why his Department was not represented in the Thames Police Court on 31st January and 14th February when these men came up for trial.

I am aware of the incident referred to by the hon. and gallant Member when a number of the men frequenting the hostel were taken into custody. I do not think that any purpose would have been served by my Department's being represented at the hearing of the charge against these persons.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will give details of the accommodation at the Colonial Hostel, at 17, Leman Street, Whitechapel; who is engaged to look after it; to whom is the canteen rented; and why the club room is now closed after 8 p.m.

The accommodation comprises a club room, sleeping accommodation for 13 men and quarters for the Warden. The present warden is Mr. J. O. Andrews. The canteen is rented to Mr. D. Watson. Normally, the club room is open after 8 p.m. but the?time of closing is a matter for the Warden's discretion.