Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Settlement.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 24th October 1935.

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

The facts stated in the first and second parts of the question are, I understand, correct. As regards the remainder of the question, one of the conditions on which Mr. Smith, junior, was assisted to go to Australia in 1926 was that he should in due course refund the sum of £11 which had been advanced to him towards the cost of his reduced passage rate. I am informed by the Commonwealth authorities that, although he has been in Government employment in Australia for the last seven years and should have been in a position to repay this sum, he has as yet only repaid £1, and that, in the circumstances, they are not prepared to waive their claim and to grant a clearance certificate before the outstanding amount of £10 has been refunded.