HC Deb 14 May 1907 vol 174 cc786-7

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any official information as regards the present condition of the island of St. Helena; whether any offer has been made by the Government to help the inhabitants to emigrate; and, if so, how many, if any, of them took advantage of the offer.


The Secretary of State is kept fully informed by the Governor as to the condition of St. Helena. Inquiries were made recently as to how many persons would wish to emigrate if passages were provided; and eleven men and women offered themselves for domestic service in South Africa, and sixty-three men for employment as ordinary seamen; but it has not yet been possible to arrange a practical scheme of emigration.