HC Deb 19 June 1884 vol 289 cc797-8

asked the President of the Local Government Board, What number of children were emigrated to the Dominion of Canada in consequence of the Local Government Board's circular on the subject to the Metropolitan Boards of Guardians last summer; what reports have been received of such children, and whether the Local Government Board are satisfied with the official inspection of cases so emigrated; and, whether it is proposed to continue the emigration of pauper children; and, if so, will any limit of age be fixed?


The number of pauper children sent to Canada by Boards of Guardians during the season from May to August last year was 130, of whom 37 were from Metropolitan, and 93 from County Unions. No official Reports of the inspection of the children by the officers of the Dominion Government have as yet been received by the Board. The Board last month communicated with the Secretary of State for the Colonies, with the view of being furnished with such Reports. It is proposed for the present to continue the emigration of pauper children to Canada within certain limits. With regard to the age of the children, the Board have stated that, as a general rule, girls should not be sent out above the age of 10 years, and in no case, except under very exceptional circumstances, above the age of 12 years.