Oral Answers to Questions — Empire Settlement.

– in the House of Commons on 9th July 1923.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Somerville Mr Daniel Somerville , Barrow-in-Furness


asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the fact that there are numbers of people who are only too anxious to emigrate but are unable to overcome the difficulties provided by the fare and, secondly, by the lack of sufficient information as to the various parts of the world to which they might emigrate, he will consider the desirability of diffusing knowledge of the facilities which exist under State-assisted schemes on far more popular lines than at present, and whether he can take further steps generally to ensure greater publicity for the work of Imperial emigration?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Albert Buckley Lieut-Colonel Albert Buckley , Waterloo

Information as to the facilities for migration under State-aided schemes is being increasingly diffused by means of leaflets, posters, cinema displays, etc. But the hon. Member will, no doubt, appreciate the fact that the volume of migration from this country is governed by the extent to which openings for settlers are available overseas.

Lieut.-Colonel WATTS-MORGAN:

Will the Department take steps to make this country available for its best citizens?

Photo of Mr John Muir Mr John Muir , Glasgow Maryhill

If there is to be any further extension of publicity on Imperial emigration, will the hon. and gallant Gentleman take steps to ensure that any such publicity will not be more picturesque and flamboyant than the conditions in the Dominions warrant?