HC Deb 06 December 1926 vol 200 cc1652-3
14. Sir W. de FRECE

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if there are any parts of the British Empire which encourage the immigration of settlers untrained in agricultural work; and, if so, they are and the types of opening available?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the Report of the Oversea Settlement Sub-Committee of the Imperial Conference, especially paragraphs 10, 75 and 76. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the Report for his perusal.


asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has considered the Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee appointed to consider the effect on migration of schemes of social insurance; and whether it is proposed to give effect to any of these recommendations?


The position is as follows: In accordance with the first recommendation of the Inter-Departmental Committee the general question of the standardisation of schemes of social insurance throughout the Empire was considered by the Imperial Conference, and the result of its deliberations is contained in Section VI of the Report of the Oversea Settlement Sub-Committee of the Conference which has already been published in the Press. The recommendations in regard to Contributory Pensions and National Health Insurance will involve legislation, and I understand that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health will deal with the matter when amending legislation is next introduced. The recommendation as to publicity is being acted upon. The question of extended facilities for training juveniles in rural occupations is still under consideration.


asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs if the British Government is bearing any share in the cost of the recent reduction from £3 to £2 of the special fares for emigrants to Canada?


Yes, Sir. One half of the cost of this reduction is being borne by His Majesty's Government under the Empire Settlement Act.


What is the total cost?


I must ask my hon. Friend to put that question on the Paper.