Dusseldorf Leave Centre

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd March 1948.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich 12:00 am, 2nd March 1948

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Dusseldorf leave centre has now been completed; and what were the quantity and value of timber and cement used in it for rehabilitation and the number of Germans ejected in order to provide the necessary accommodation.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East

The leave centre is somewhat less than half complete. Some 160 cubic metres of timber and 860 tons of cement have been used in it, at an estimated cost of approximately 30,000 Reichsmarks. Seventeen German families, who were squatters, have been moved to alternative accommodation of a higher standard.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is my hon. Friend aware that, with all this muddling, practically nothing has been done to repair the ravages of war in Dusseldorf, where there are still over 20,000 people living below the ground, and where there has been no change for nearly two years?

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East

I am aware of and appreciate the difficulties of the population of Dusseldorf, but I appreciate also the need to make proper provision and amenities for our soldiers in Germany.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Why does my hon. Friend want to send people on leave to a ruined city? It is a perfectly ridiculous thing to do.