Migration Policy

Oral Answers to Questions — Commonwealth Relations – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1955.

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Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire 12:00 am, 28th July 1955

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he is aware that only about 50 per cent. of the immigrants to countries of the Commonwealth since 1945 have been citizens of other countries of the Commonwealth; and what steps are being taken to ensure that as many as possible of such immigrants are from countries of the Commonwealth.

Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Banbury

My hon. Friend's figures are, I believe, broadly accurate. The migration policies of other Commonwealth countries are for their Governments to decide, but, as was stated by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 30th June, Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom continue to take a close interest in all migration matters and will always be ready to consider with Commonwealth Governments any particular proposals which seem mutually desirable.

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

Can my hon. Friend give some assurance that Her Majesty's Government will use some of their own initiative in this matter?

Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Banbury

No, Sir. I think that that would interfere with what, by common consent, is the responsibility of independent Commonwealth Governments.

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

Is my hon. Friend aware that I am not suggesting any kind of interference? All I am suggesting is that there should be tentative suggestions of a harmless character. Will he not lead his mind on that path?

Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Banbury

I am sure that all the Commonwealth Governments concerned are aware that on frequent occasions it has been stated from this Box that Her Majesty's Government will always be ready to consider any particular proposals of Commonwealth Governments.