HC Deb 31 May 1938 vol 336 cc1830-1
58. Mr. Day

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether, in view of the continued large numbers of unemployed in the United Kingdom, he will state in what way the Government are prepared further to encourage and assist migration to the Dominions?

The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (Lord Stanley)

His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom do not regard, and have never regarded, migration to the Dominions as a direct method of alleviating unemployment in this country though the resumption under suitable conditions of migration within the Empire may be expected to lead to increased development and hence to increased trade and employment. His Majesty's Government are at all times ready to co-operate with the Dominion Governments in suitable schemes under the Empire Settlement Acts which would offer good prospects for migration overseas, and it rests with the Dominion Governments to decide when they are in a position to participate in such schemes. The Government have welcomed the recent decision of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia to re-open the Assisted Passages Agreement in order to facilitate the movement of certain classes of migration to Australia, and they are co-operating fully with the Commonwealth Government financially and otherwise in these arrangements.

Mr. Day

Will the Minister consider giving unemployed persons who emigrate to the Dominions any unemployment pay to which they would be entitled if they remained here?

Mr. Lunn

Have any Dominions ever expressed themselves as prepared to take the unemployed from this country as a cure for unemployment

Lord Stanley

That has peen answered before.

Mr. Davidson

Is the Noble Lord aware that a certain section of the unemployed will be emigrating to the Riviera very soon?