Empire Settlement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons at on 29 April 1929.

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Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Hackney South


asked the President of the Board of Trade the total number of migrants from Great Britain to the Dominions in the last four years and the total number for the years 1910 to 1913, inclusive?

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Reading

The answer is somewhat long and contains a number of figures. Perhaps the hon. and gallant Member will accordingly allow me to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Hackney South

If the answer is somewhat long, it contains more than I am asking for, namely, the total figures for the last four years and the total figures for 1910 to 1913 inclusive. There are only two figures required. Can I have the totals?

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Reading

The hon. and gallant Member is asking for the figures for eight years, and, of course, it is some- times necessary to give certain explanations as to the significance of the figures given.

Following is the answer:

Particulars of the numbers of emigrants and immigrants, as distinct from other passengers, were not obtained before 1st April, 1912. The aggregate balances outward of passengers of British nationality between ports in Great Britain and ports in the British Dominions (British North America, Australia, New Zealand and British South Africa) in each year from 1925 to 1928 and from 1910 to 1913, were as follow:


The balance of the passenger movement is the only measure of the net emigration available for both series of years. The data secured in recent years regarding the numbers of emigrants and immigrants show, however, that the above figures represent very closely the outward balance of migration from ports in Great Britain in those years.

Migrants from the Irish Free State who travelled to overseas countries via ports in Great Britain are included in the total stated.

Photo of Mr Robert Tomlinson Mr Robert Tomlinson , Lancaster


asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs if he will give, with reference to the South Wales area only, the number of women and girls who have been assisted to emigrate to the Dominions since 1st January, 1928, stating the countries to which they went; how many of them underwent any course of training and of what nature; and how many from that area are at present training for Dominion emigration?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

No statistics are available as to the numbers of persons proceeding overseas from South Wales or from any other particular area, but I would invite the hon. Member's attention to Section XVI of the Report of the Oversea Settlement Committee for 1928, Cmd. 3308, which shows that the proportion and until 1927 the actual number of women throughout the country who have been assisted under the Empire Settlement Act has steadily increased, and in 1927, the latest year for which figures are available, did not fall far short of the number of men. Nine women from South Wales have been trained at Market Har-borough for Australia since the hostel was opened in December, 1927, and 13 for Canada at the centre opened at Cardiff last November. At present five women from South Wales are in training at Cardiff.