HC Deb 20 December 1928 vol 223 cc3216-7
59. Mr. HURD

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether administrative expenses connected with settlement in Canada are shared as between the British Treasury and Dominion organisations; and whether he will adopt the suggestion to appoint a committee to consider this and other aspects of the question of emigration to Canada in consultation with the Canadian Government?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. The normal form of agreement under the Empire Settlement Act between the Secretary of State and the co-operating organisation provides that each party shall bear its own administrative expenses. As an exceptional arrangement, however, outside the Act, certain voluntary organisations operating in Canada receive grants towards their administrative expenses from the British Treasury. With regard to the second part of the question, this is one of the duties of the Oversea Settlement Committee, and I would invite my hon. Friend's attention to my statement yesterday to the effect that my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs, who has recently paid an official visit to Canada in connection with migration questions, has agreed to accept the office of full-time chairman of that committee.


Is the question of the division of the administrative expenses still under consideration?


It will certainly be taken into consideration, but there have been certain difficulties.