HC Deb 19 June 1888 vol 327 cc581-2
MR. BRADLAUGH (Northampton)

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether he is aware that the Toronto Trades and Labour Council complain that the immigration into Canada of destitute labourers from Great Britain is encouraged by persons in England describing themselves as Government agents; whether William Barlow, of 106a, Market Street, Manchester, correctly describes himself as "Government Immigration Agent," and as "appointed passage broker by the Board of Trade;" and, whether representations circulated by William Barlow as to the state of the labour market in Canada have any official sanction?


, in reply, said, he could give no information as to immigration to Canada. That was rather a Question for the Colonial Department. He gathered from newspaper reports that the Toronto Trades and Labour Council had made the complaint referred to in the Question. The person named William Barlow mentioned in the Question was not, as far as he could learn, included in the records of the Office in the list of licensed passage brokers, who were licensed by the local magistrates under the sanction of the Board; but he was informed that several licensed passage brokers had appointed Barlow as their agent.