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Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 27 April 1949

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Town Plan


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why the town plan for Aden has still not been implemented, in view of his announcement on 9th July, 1947, that steps had been taken to speed up the matter; and whether he is aware of the lack of waterborne drainage and the insanitary conditions of much of the town.

In accordance with the provisional town plans, development on a considerable scale is proceeding both in residential areas and also in light industrial zones. I cannot agree that much of the town of Aden is in an insanitary condition. The general health of the population is good.

Has my hon. Friend any knowledge about conditions in the tuberculosis hospital where, according to my last information, 40 men were lying on the floor?



asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that Jews are arriving into Aden from the Yemen at the rate of 100 a month; and, in view of the overcrowding, what steps he proposes to take to relieve pressure on accommodation in the town of Aden.

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the negative; as to the second part, overcrowding in the town of Aden has been considerably relieved by emigration to Palestine.

Labour Department


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will consider establishing a labour department in Aden, in view of the fact that the coolie lines are overcrowded and insanitary.