HC Deb 11 May 1925 vol 183 cc1423-4

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are taken to train before leaving this country those individuals who emigrate under the Empire Settlement Scheme

The UNDERSECRTARY of STATE for the COLONIES(Mr. Ormsby-Gore)

I would refer my hon. Friend to the Resolution of the Imperial Economic Conference, 1923, on the subject of training for oversea settlement, which was referred to the answer to a question upon this subject by the hon. Member for Stroud (Sir F. Nelson), printed in the OFFICIAL REPORT of the 20th February. The Conference considered that such training (apart from any brief period of testing in

Government of India and the local bodies to put themselves to the great expense of obtaining this information merely as the result of a question in this Hous It is a matter for them and the people to whom they are responsible

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order to ensure suitability) should be undertaken overseas arid not in this country. Two schemes are in operation for providing a period of testing in this country for boys intending to proceed overseas, while at the Army Vocational Training Centre at Catterick, serving soldiers may take a six months' course in farm work immediately prior to discharge