HC Deb 30 April 1923 vol 163 cc969-70
61. Colonel Sir A. HOLBROOK

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether any portion of the annual Parliamentary grant for overseas settlement can be allocated towards the expenses of training camps in which town-bred workers, for whom employment is not available, could receive practical instruction in agriculture as a preliminary to successful overseas employment?

Lieut.-Colonel BUCKLEY

I invite my hon. and gallant Friend's attention to the replies given on the 19th April by my hon. Friend the Minister of Health and myself to the two questions asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Barnstaple. My hon. and gallant Friend will see from the answer which I gave on that occasion that the contribution of His Majesty's Government to any scheme under the Empire Settlement Act may not exceed half the expenses of the scheme. Subject to this condition, "training" is specifically mentioned in the Act as one of the forms of assistance to which His Majesty's Government may contribute.