§ 26. Sir CLEMENT KINLOCH-COOKE
asked the Secretary for the Colonies whether he is aware that a sum of £22,000,000 has been set aside for settling ex-soldiers on the land in Australia and that it is the intention of the Commonwealth to advance up to £500 to each ex-soldier for the purpose of improvements; and if he can say whether these privileges will be available for ex-sailors and soldiers migrating from this country to Australia after the War?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Steel-Maitland)
I am aware that it is contemplated to set aside a considerable sum for settling ex-soldiers on the land in Australia, and I understand that, as stated in the question, it is proposed to advance £500 to each man for the purposes of improvements. I am not in a position to give a definite reply to the last part of my hon. Friend's question.
§ 27. Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
asked the Secretary for the Colonies how many meetings have been held by the Committee appointed by himself to consider the question of Empire land settlement for ex-sailors and soldiers, and when it is expected that the Committee will issue its Report; whether that Report will be laid before the Imperial War Conference; and, if that is not possible, will he say whether the views of the Prime Ministers attending the conference have been ascertained?
§ Mr. STEEL-MAITLAND
I understand that the Committee deferred meeting until the representation of Canada was completed. Since then a meeting has been held, and Sub-Committees appointed. I cannot say when the Report of the Committee will be ready, but it cannot possibly be completed in time to be laid before the Imperial War Conference. No statement can be made at present in reply to the last part of my hon. Friend's question.
§ Mr. F. WHYTE
Does the hon. Gentleman accept the implication in these two questions that there will be a surplus of man-power in this country to be exported either to our Dominions or to any other part of the world?