Empire Settlement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 25th July 1923.

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Photo of Sir William Cotts Sir William Cotts , Na h-Eileanan an Iar

94.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what has been the total amount of State-aided emigration from Great Britain in 1923 up to the most recent date possible?

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

The total number of persons who have received State aid for the purposes of emigration during the six months ended the 30th June last is 18,823.

Photo of Sir William Cotts Sir William Cotts , Na h-Eileanan an Iar

95.

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department what was the total expenditure under the Empire Settlement Act during the past financial year and how much it is proposed to expend during the current year?

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

The actual expenditure in the financial year 1922–23 was £35,463 15s. 8d., and, as shown in the Estimates (Class V, 3), the anticipated expenditure for the current financial year is £1,159,100. The Empire Settlement Act was not passed until the 31st May, 1922, and some time necessarily elapsed before schemes under the Act could be brought into operation.

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

Has any report yet been received from the Empire settlement delegation with regard to the progress of settlement?

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

From the delegation which went to Australia?

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

Several letters have been received in the matter, but I have not as yet received what would be called a formal report.

Photo of Sir James Macpherson Sir James Macpherson , Ross and Cromarty

Will the hon. Gentleman consult with the Prime Minister as to the advisability of publishing these reports, in view of the disquieting rumours—many of them unfounded—which prevail at present in this country?

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

Certainly, that will be taken into consideration. We shall publish as much information as we can when we can.