HC Deb 25 April 1895 vol 32 c1628

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if, in future Returns, he will cause Welsh Emigrants to be distinguished from English, as is now done in the case of Irish and Scotch; and if further legislation is necessary for the purpose whether he will provide for it?


The Merchant Shipping Act of 1894 provides for the classification only of English, Scotch, and Irish Emigrants. To distinguish Welsh Emigrants from English, further legislation would be necessary. I do not think it will be possible this Session to amend the Merchant Shipping Act, and the addition of a further classification is a point which would in any case require some consideration, as, the further sub-division is carried, the more difficult does it become to frame Returns, and to rely on their accuracy.