§ 88. Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many persons other than ex-service men have been migrated under the Empire Settlement Act; what is the amount of money expended on the migration of these persons by the State; what is meant by a nominated emigrant; and, seeing that when the Empire Settlement Act was passing through the House of Commons no mention was made of nominated emigrants, and when the House voted the money to be expended on migration under the provisions of the Empire Settlement Act no restriction of this kind was placed on the choice of emigrants, will he reconsider the present policy?
§ Mr. AMERY
The total number of migrants assisted under the Empire Settlement Act up to 30th June, 1925, was 109,022. It is not possible to state how many of those were ex-service men. The total amount expended on the migration of these persons was £892,838. A nominated migrant means a person with friends or relatives already resident overseas who are able and willing to undertake responsibility for his settlement. Nomination may also be effected by churches or other organisations approved by an oversea Government. The Empire Settlement Act, 1922, empowers His Majesty's Government to co-operate with oversea Governments in agreed schemes for affording joint assistance to suitable settlers. The final decision as to suitability rests entirely with the oversea Government concerned.
§ Sir C. KINLOCH-COOKE
Is it not the case that the policy of His Majesty's Government at the present moment is to confine their attention as far as possible to nominated migrants?
§ Commander O. LOCKER-LAMPSON
When shall we have an opportunity of discussing this matter in the House?