§ Sir A. SINCLAIR
asked the Prime Minister how many male persons during 1926 were assisted by the British Gov- 2087 ernment to emigrate from this country and settle on the land in the British Dominions; and what was the total cost of such emigration and settlement to the Imperial Exchequer?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of LABOUR (Mr. Betterton)
. The estimated number of male persons assisted to settle on the land overseas in 1926 was 17,000. The cost of their passages to the Imperial Exchequer was approximately £174,200, to which must be added certain expenditure, in some cases given by way of loan, which is incurred during the process of settlement overseas, and is spread over a period of years. In 1926 the total number of persons assisted under the Empire Settlement Act was 65,530. and the total net expenditure £1,046,000.