HC Deb 09 March 1938 vol 332 cc1896-8
69. Mr. E. Smith (for Mr. T. Smith)

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that the Australian Cabinet have agreed to the immediate resumption of immigration from this country; and what are the conditions attached to the same?

The Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (Marquess of Hartington)

Yes, Sir. The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia announced on 7th March that, in cooperation with the United Kingdom Government, the Commonwealth Government had decided to grant assisted passages in respect of certain individuals and categories of migrants from the United Kingdom for whom openings or a demand existed in Australia. The two classes of migrants falling under this arrangement would be in the first instance:

  1. (1) persons resident in the United Kingdom who are nominated by relatives or friends already in Australia or by approved organisations;
  2. (2) migrants, such as household workers or youths for farm work, specially requisitioned by a State Government.
Generally, the arrangements contemplate the provision of assisted passages only in cases where opportunities for employment are available, and where a nomination or requisition has been put forward and endorsed in Australia. The Commonwealth authorities in London would satisfy themselves as to the suitability of the nominees. I may add that the Commonwealth Prime Minister also indicated that when the Commonwealth Government introduce legislation relating to National Insurance, provision would be embodied to enable reciprocal arrangements with the United Kingdom to be made.

Mr. Mabane

Can the Noble Lord say what is the amount that will remain to be paid by the intending migrant?

Marquess of Hartington

Under the assisted passage arrangement, it would be one-third.