HC Deb 05 March 1919 vol 113 c388

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is now in a position to state the Government policy with regard to emigration; will he say when it will be possible for discharged soldiers and their wives and families desiring to emigrate to Canada and Australia to carry out their plans; will he say whether the Government propose to give any financial assistance; and, if so, in what way will that assistance be given?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Lieutenant-Colonel Amery)

His Majesty's Government have under their consideration the whole question of the grant of State aid to ex-Service men desirous of settling within the Empire. I hope shortly to be in a position to make a statement upon the subject.


Is any Committee sitting to consider the question?

Lieutenant-Colonel AMERY

Yes; a Committee has been sitting on the subject and has made definite proposals which are under the consideration of His Majesty's Government.

Major WOOD

When does my hon. and gallant Friend hope to be able to make a statement—he told me a fortnight ago that he would do so shortly?

Lieutenant-Colonel AMERY

I hope it will be still more shortly.