§ The PRESIDENT of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. Burns)
The Board of Trade return as to passengers to and from places out of Europe for the ten months ending 31st October, 1911, shows that practically 80 per cent. of the British emigration is to various parts of the British Empire. This agrees with the prediction I made in my statement on emigration at the Imperial Conference, and, as I indicated on that occasion, it does not appear to me that any special action on my part is necessary at the present time.
§ Mr. RAFFAN
Has the attention of the right hon. Gentleman been called to the large proportion of emigration taking place from rural districts in this country, where the people are unable to get access to the soil, and whether he will urge upon the Government the necessity of introducing some measure which will not only keep those people under the British flag but within the British Empire?
§ Mr. KILBRIDE
Did not the 44,000 emigrants that went to the United States mainly come from Ireland, and does the right hon. Gentleman know any better means of keeping those people within the British flag than by giving Ireland Home Rule?