HC Deb 10 November 1908 vol 196 c43

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he will furnish the House with particulars as to the number of people who have been emigrated by distress committees, the amount expended in so doing, and the amount that has been refunded by the emigrants.


The total number of persons who have been assisted to emigrate by the Central (Unemployed) Body for London and by provincial distress committees in England and Wales was, up to the end of September last, 12,053, including 8,371 dependants. The expenditure on the emigration of these persons amounted to £86,282, of which £59,069 was borne by the first-named authority. I am unable to state the total amount that has been refunded by the emigrants, except in the case of those assisted by the Central (Unemployed) Body, who up to the end of September last had received £2,681, including £644 contributed by the emigrants before they sailed.