HC Deb 10 March 1887 vol 311 cc1729-30
MR. RANKIN (Herefordshire, Leominster)

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether any emigration of children from the Poor Law unions is taking place at present; whether the alleged difficulties of inspection have been overcome; and, whether the attention of the Board has been drawn to a Report of the Privy Council of Canada, dated 27th March, 1886, alluded to by the Marquess of Lorne at an Emigration Conference held at the Colonial Exhibition on the 25th June last year, in which Report it is stated that the Canadian Government desire to make the inspection of these children a real one if proper and sufficient information were afforded?

THE PRESIDENT (Mr. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)

I have recently received a despatch from the Governor General of Canada forwarding a Report of the Minister of Agriculture, with which were enclosed Reports by Immigration Agents on inspections made by them of 348 orphan and deserted children who had been sent out to Canada by Boards of Guardians in this country. These Reports are generally satisfactory; and the Local Government Board are now assenting to proposals for the emigration of pauper children to Canada.