§ Lieut.-Colonel McDONNELL
(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he was now able to state what arrangements had been made to secure a reduction of the passage rates from this country to Canada with a view to facilitating the settlement of British emigrants in that country?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for DOMINION AFFAIRS (Mr. Amery)
I am glad to say that the Government has reached an agreement with the British steamship lines for the quotation of a special rate for British subjects normally resident in Great Britain and Northern Ireland proceeding from this country to Canada for the purpose of residing permanently in that Dominion. Under normal conditions the ocean rate for third class passengers from Great Britain to Canada is£18 15s., but under the agreement just concluded between the Government and the British steamship lines such passengers who are British subjects normally resident in Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be enabled to proceed to Canada at the rate of£10, the difference between the normal rate and the special rate being absorbed by the Government and the steamship lines on an agreed basis. The arrangement will come into operation on the 1st January next, and in order to 1566 give it a fair trial it is necessary to wake it for a period of two years. On this point also the Government and the steamship lines have been able to reach an understanding.
§ Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY
Would there be a reduction for a party going out, not necessarily a family, but a number of men, and perhaps their dependants going together?
Will the Canadian Government bear any portion of the cost, or will our share be borne entirely by His Majesty's Government?