HC Deb 29 April 1884 vol 287 cc889-90

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If it is true that a number of persons who emigrated to Canada, assisted by the boards of guardians or by Mr. Tuke's Committee, are at present living on charity in Toronto, and are supplied chiefly by money collected for them every Sunday at the doors of the Catholic Churches in that city; and, if so, whether Her Majesty's Government will take any steps to relieve those people, and to assist them to return to their own Country?


I believe it is the case that a number of Irish immigrants were in distress at Toronto in the month of February; but only a portion of them had been State-aided, and none of them, I believe, were sent out by Mr. Tuke's Committee. The Government have no information as to any of these persons having been supported by collections at church doors; and as the winter is now over, and spring work has commenced, there is every reason to believe that employment may now be obtained. I may state that the Government are now taking steps with the view of securing that arrangements may, if possible, be made that no one shall be sent out who has not previously been approved of by a representative of the Canadian authorities.


asked whether it was really true that the Government had no information whatever about these people—whether they had got employment or not? Would the Government try and ascertain what had become of them? He would repeat the Question on Thursday.