HC Deb 04 March 1870 vol 199 c1239

said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, If he is now prepared to state the number of free Emigrants that will be sent to Western Australia during the present season; and, if he has any objection to lay before the House the Despatch recently received from the Governor of that Colony?


said, in reply, that no emigrants would this year be sent to Western Australia, except convicts' families, unless Government had conclusive evidence that free emigrants were wanted, and would be permanently employed. The despatch which had recently been received from the Colony furnished no such evidence, and until they received further despatches it would be impossible to say what would be done. There would be no objection to lay the despatch, on the table.