§ 27. Mr. L. THOMPSON
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs how many undertakings have actually been commenced in Australia as a direct outcome of the 1925 Agreement under the Empire Settlement Act, 1922?
§ Mr. AMERY
Fifteen schemes have been approved as "agreed undertakings" under the Loan and Migration Agreement with the Commonwealth Government, as follow:
I understand that work has already commenced on most of these schemes.
- Victoria.—Three land settlement schemes.
- Western Australia.—Ten schemes, comprising water supply, drainage, railway and farm schemes.
- South Australia.—Two schemes of water conservation.
§ 28. Mr. THOMPSON
also asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs the number of requisitions issued per month for selected migrants to Australia, and covering a period over the last three months?
29. Mr. THOMPSON further
asked if the group settlement scheme in West Australia has any further vacancies for 18 suitable families; and, if not, whether an extension of the scheme is contemplated?
§ Sir NEWTON MOORE
In view of the fact that it costs something like £2,000 to establish each settler on a Group Settlement, does it not follow that the numbers must necessarily be small, seeing that there is a limit to what a small State can afford to expend in this direction.
§ Mr. A. V. ALEXANDER
Is not the right hon. Gentleman giving active consideration to the question of increasing the grant for Group Settlement in the case of Western Australia?
§ 30. Sir F. NELSON
asked the Secre-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs how many assisted selected migrants to Australia have left this country for each of the three months of this year?
§ 31. Sir F. NELSON
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs if he will consider the desirability of arranging for a small number of migrants to the Dominions who have made good to pay 19 a short visit to this country and lecture on their experiences?
§ Mr. AMERY
I find that an arrangement of this kind was tried by the Canadian Government before the War, but was not found sufficiently effective to warrant the administrative difficulties and cost involved. The object which my hon. Friend has in view would appear to be met by the existing publicity arrangements, which include lectures and addresses by oversea visitors, some of whom are successful migrants with practical knowledge of settlement conditions.