HC Deb 13 May 1907 vol 174 cc606-7
MR. J. WARD (Stoke-on-Trent)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether, in every case where workmen have received notice of dismissal at Woolwich Arsenal, the notice has been accompanied with official directions and advice to the discharged workman to emigrate either to foreign countries or the Colonies; will he say whether such advice has been given with the authority of his Department; and what action, if any, he proposes to take in the matter.


Men discharged on reduction are notified that information in regard to the prospects of work, cost of living, etc., in the various British Colonies and foreign countries can be obtained from the Emigrants Information Office, 31, Broadway, Westminster, which is a sub-department of the Colonial Office, The sole object of this notification is to acquaint men desirous of emigration of a reliable source from which they could obtain information, and to prevent their being misled by irresponsible or bogus advertisements.

MR. CROOKS (Woolwich)

Has the right hon. Gentleman's attention been called to the huge placard exhibited at Woolwich asking "Why stay here and starve when you can get work in Canada?"


My attention has not been called to that placard.