Oral Answers to Questions — Empire Migration.

– in the House of Commons at on 6 April 1933.

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Photo of Sir Arthur Benn Sir Arthur Benn , Sheffield Park

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asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs if he can give any information regarding any action taken as a result of the resolution passed by the House on the 7th December, 1932, urging His Majesty's Government to take immediate steps to secure the co-operation of the Dominions in comprehensive schemes for migration within the Empire?

The SECRETARY of STATE for DOMINION AFFAIRS (Mr. J. H. Thomas):

I can assure my hon. Friend that the question of the types of scheme which should be recommended for adoption when economic circumstances permit of the resumption of migration is receiving the most careful consideration. He will, however, realise that new schemes of migration cannot be started until conditions are more favourable.

Photo of Mr John McGovern Mr John McGovern , Glasgow Shettleston

Can we take it from reports that the right hon. Gentleman is about to proceed to Australia, and can he do anything to hasten his departure?

Mr. THOMAS:

I should be delighted to do anything which would enable my hon. Friend to feel happy.

Photo of Mr James Maxton Mr James Maxton , Glasgow Bridgeton

Can we have the assurance of the Dominions Secretary that he and the Prime Minister will not both be out of the country at the same time?