HC Deb 04 July 1938 vol 338 cc29-30
46. Sir H. Croft

asked the Prime Minister whether time can be given to debate the Motion dealing with migration standing in the names of the hon. and gallant Member for Bournemouth and 283 other Members?

[That this House is of opinion that the time has now arrived for an early resumption of the movement of the population within the Empire, and urges His Majesty's Government to invite the representatives of the Dominion Governments to consider the possibility of making early preparations for settlement, and to indicate its readiness to grant facilities for approved schemes.]

Sir J. Simon

I regret that the state of public business makes it impossible to hold out any hope of a special opportunity being given for the discussion of the Motion standing in the name of my hon. and gallant Friend.

Sir H. Croft

In view of the fact that a large majority of the supporters of the Government support this Motion, will my right hon. Friend take every step to see that the Dominions will be consulted at an early date?

Sir J. Simon

My hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate that it is not a matter of want of recognition of the importance of the subject. It is merely a question of time.

Mr. T. Smith

Would not a discussion on the Motion show how fallacious it is at this time to expect large-scale migration?

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