HC Deb 29 June 1937 vol 325 cc1769-70
8. Mr. Day

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs particulars of the latest reports received on the position of British settlers in Victoria who proceeded to that territory under the Overseas Settlement Act; and whether his reports show that any of the British settlers are still compelled to obtain relief from charitable sources?

Mr. M. MacDonald

As stated in the reply given to the hon. Member on 2nd February, the majority of the settlers referred to have re-established themselves in various ways. There has been no occasion, therefore, to call for regular reports, but I have been kept informed from time to time of the position of these settlers in Australia, and I am advised that there is no evidence that any of them are compelled to obtain relief from charitable sources.

Mr. Day

Do the Government of Victoria take responsibility for these people, and grant them a small subsistence allowance?

Mr. MacDonald

I am afraid I should require notice of any question as to the actual details of the way in which they help them at the present time.