HC Deb 20 February 1939 vol 344 cc28-9
47. Mr. Watkins

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the value to the Colony, and to the Empire as a whole, of closer settlement in British Guiana, he will make it clear that the Commission now investigating the question of Jewish colonisation there, may take into account the possibility of Government financial assistance on a generous scale in the future?

The Prime Minister

The terms of reference of the Commission which has been sent to British Guiana on behalf of the voluntary organisations, empower it to recommend a general plan of settlement if the Commission is of the opinion that mass colonisation of refugees appears feasible, and to calculate the probable cost of such a scheme. Until the Commission's report is received, the question of financing any scheme that they may recommend does not arise.

Brigadier-General Sir Henry Croft

In view of the fact that various Governments since the War have refused to give financial assistance to the settlement of British migrants overseas, will my right hon. Friend give an undertaking that no such promise is made in this case until the whole question of British migration and settlement has been considered?

The Prime Minister

No doubt that will be taken into consideration.