§ 29. Mr. LOUIS SMITH
asked the Secretary of State of Dominion Affairs whether any Dominions are ready to resume adult emigration; if so, on what lines; and how many of such Dominions are taking boys for training purposes?
Mr. M. MacDONALD
I assume that my hon. Friend has in mind assisted migration under the Empire Settlement Act. No Dominion Government has yet informed me of its readiness to resume co-operation in any scheme of assisted migration for adults. In regard to the second part of the question, apart from children of both sexes going to Fair-bridge Farm Schools in Western Australia and British Columbia and to Barnardo's Farm School in New South Wales, there is at present no movement of boys to the Dominions for training purposes.
The question is under consideration now, not only in this country, but, as the hon. Member may have seen from Press reports, in the Commonwealth of Australia as well.
§ Mr. ANNESLEY SOMERVILLE
Can my right hon. Friend say whether the Big Brother scheme is in being, and whether Australia is preparing to receive boys under that scheme?
The Big Brother movement is still in being so far as the after-care of boys already in Australia is concerned, but at present no new boys are going out under that scheme. With regard to Australian intentions for the future, that is a matter, of course, for the Australian Government themselves.
§ 30. Mr. L. SMITH
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs the amount spent under the Empire Settlement Act since it came into force, giving, in each case, the overseas Dominion where such money has been spent and the number of people who were settled under the provisions of the Act?
As the answer contains tables of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. A. SOMERVILLE
Has my right hon. Friend considered the possibility of reviving the £10 scheme for Canada?
§ Following is the answer:
§ The following table shows the approximate apportionment to each Dominion and includes assistance to the cost of passages in each case.215
§ 31. Mr. L. SMITH
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he possesses any records to show the number of people settled under the Empire Settlement Act, 1922, who have come home in recent years during the economic slump; and what is the net residue of such emigrants who have remained in the Dominions to which they went?
I have no records of the number of people assisted under the Empire Settlement Act who have Returned to this country.
This is a question with regard to people returning who have been assisted emigrants. If the hon. Member puts down a question with regard to general figures, I shall be happy to answer it.