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Storm Damage, Antigua (Relief)

Volume 478: debated on Monday 18 September 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement as to the recent storm damage in Antigua and the relief measures which have been adopted.

I regret that three sailors are reported to have been drowned. About 1,500 houses were destroyed, and 250 badly damaged. Some livestock was lost; shipping, churches and public buildings, electricity and telephone services, goods in warehouses and the growing sugar crop were damaged. A detailed assessment is being made. Unofficial estimates put the cost at not less than £250,000.With the generous help of organisations, individuals and other Caribbean Governments the homeless are being fed and clothed. His Majesty's Government have agreed to make a grant of £50,000 towards the cost of immediate relief and rehousing. Part of this is being used to buy food and clothing which is being flown to Antigua. I propose at a later date to ask Parliament to vote the necessary funds.