HC Deb 31 March 1927 vol 204 cc1429-31

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether, in view of the many openings there are for women in the Dominions and Colonies, he can inform the House what efforts are being made to place before the women of this country the advantages to be obtained overseas; and whether he can give the number of those who migrated during the past 12 months?


Special efforts are being made

No subsidies were granted during the years 1919–20 and 1920–21. The following table gives the information requested in respect of the years 1921–22 to 1926–27:

to place before women of this country full information as to the conditions and as to the opportunities for women overseas. This information is being disseminated through the Women's Branch of the Oversea Settlement Committee, who have already organised eight county centres for this purpose, and supply speakers when requested to women's organisations throughout the country. There are openings for women overseas in professional capacities, but apart from wives and nominated women, assisted passages are as yet only given to women able and willing to take up household work, and who undertake to remain in such work for 12 months. The total number of women of 12 years of age and over who proceeded to other parts of the Empire during 1926 was 48,608. The number over 17 years of age assisted under the Empire Settlement Act was 18,668.