HC Deb 10 December 1942 vol 385 c1708
72. Sir Ralph Glyn

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether, with a view to aiding immigration to all parts of the British Commonwealth, especially after the war, he will consider the possibility of consulting with the High Commissioners of all the Dominions on the prospect of expanding any scheme for social security on a reciprocity basis in order that those who pay contributions towards any national scheme shall not suffer financially; and whether, as regards New Zealand, any provision already exists for this purpose?

The Under Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (Mr. Emrys-Evans)

Attention was drawn in the last Report of the Oversea Settlement Board to the importance of securing reciprocity in social security measures as an influence in encouraging migration overseas, and it is also recognised in paragraph 39 of Sir William Beveridge's recent Report. All these matters are now receiving consideration. Consultation with the Dominions as to reciprocity must necessarily await a decision on the broad issues of policy involved in the Report. No arrangements for reciprocity with New Zealand have as yet been made under United Kingdom legislation.

Mr. Granville

In view of the fact that Members of this House are Ministers in the Dominions and the Commonwealth, will the hon. Gentleman initiate discussions with Dominion and Commonwealth Governments on the Beveridge Report now?

Mr. Emrys-Evans

I think my answer covers that.