§ The following question stood upon the Order Paper in the name of Mr. HAYES:
§ 37. To ask the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the case of two Liverpool youths and two Belfast youths who, having endured great hardships in their tramp from Toronto to Quebec, endeavoured to secure a passage on the ss. "Melita" as stowaways to return home, and for which act were sentenced by a Quebec court to one month's imprisonment; whether he is aware that the sentence was imposed as a lesson to others; that the judge said there was no work there except for farmers and that the sending to Canada of such untrained youths required, investigation; and whether he will take steps to secure the early release and passage home of these youths?
§ Mr. SPEAKER
I am not quite clear that the Secretary of State has any powers as regards a sentence passed by a Quebec Court.
§ Mr. AMERY
The only information which I have regarding the cases referred to in the hon. Member's question is that which has appeared in the Press. The Dominion authorities in this country have records of all persons who have proceeded to Canada during the past season, and this record does not include the names of any of these four men. I have asked the Dominion authorities if they can supply me with information in regard to these cases showing how and when the men entered Canada.
§ 39. Sir J. POWER
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs how many men were sent to Canada for temporary work as harvesters; how many still remain in Canada; and how many more are likely to return?
§ Mr. AMERY
The total number of men who went to Canada for temporary work as harvesters was 8,449. It is estimated that 2,720 men are still in Canada, hut it is not possible to state how many of these will ultimately return to this country. Over 300 letters have already been received by the Dominion authorities in London from harvesters who have recently come back from Canada expressing a desire to return to the Dominion next spring.
§ Mr. LOOKER
Is the right hon. Gentleman's Department taking any steps to keep in touch with the men who are remaining out there?
§ Mr. JOHNSTON
Is the Secretary of State satisfied that these 2,720 are remaining in Canada, or have some of them gone over the border into the United States?