HC Deb 21 February 1927 vol 202 cc1382-3
20. Viscount SANDON

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he proposes to act on the suggestion of the Prime Minister of Australia as to the appointment of a Committee to visit that country with reference to the bearing of the economic development of Australia, on immigration?


I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave on the 10th February to the hon. Member for North Southwark (Mr. Haden Guest). I cannot at present acid anything to that reply.


asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether the reduction in special fares for emigrants to Canada from £3 to £2 is shared equally by the British and Canadian Governments; what is the actual fare paid per emigrant to the shipping company; and does such fare include railway charges to the port of embarkation and from the port of debarkation to their destination in Canada?


The recent further reduction of £1 in the assisted passage rates to Canada is shared equally by the British Government and the shipping companies. The actual fare paid to the shipping company for an adult settler is £14 15s., which is £4 less than the normal ocean passage rate. The £2 rate is applicable only to the port of arrival, Halifax, St. John or Quebec, and does not include rail fares either here or in Canada. Special fares are, however, applicable in Canada and inclusive rates from this country to various points further west are as follows: Montreal, £3; Toronto, £3 10s.; Winnipeg, £4 10s.; Regina, £5; Calgary, £5 10s.: Vancouver, £8.