HC Deb 14 July 1905 vol 149 c738

To ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the displacement of labour now occurring at Portsmouth Dockyard, and the congestion of unemployed with which the borough is in consequence confronted, His Majesty's Government will consider the possibility of endeavouring to render assistance by facilitating emigration or transfer of families to other parts of the United Kingdom.

(Answered by Mr. Pretyman.) No expression has as yet reached the Admiralty of any desire on the part of the workmen who are being discharged from the dockyards to emigrate. If representations are made showing that any considerable number of men desire to find work in the Colonies, and that employment is available for them on arrival, the Admiralty would be glad to consider what assistance could be given.