HC Deb 22 April 1948 vol 449 cc1977-8
3. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether, in view of the number of ex-Service men who are desirous of emigrating to the Dominions and who are uncertain as to what jobs to go to, he will approach the Governments of the Commonwealth as to whether these men will be allowed to enlist in the armed Forces of the Dominions for a period of years before settling down.

Mr. Gordon-Walker

I know of nothing to prevent migrants from this country on arrival in other Commonwealth countries applying to enlist in the Armed Forces there if they so desire. I would, however, point out that, in view of shipping difficulties, the present policy is to accept as assisted migrants only persons for whom there is a reasonable prospect of employment in the receiving country or who have been nominated by friends or relatives there.

Mr. Teeling

Does not the hon. Gentleman think it would be possible for the Dominions Offices in London to arrange for some of these people to be recruited, if necessary?

Mr. Gordon-Walker

No doubt that would be possible, but it would be a matter for the Governments concerned. Lord John Hope: Is not a migrant a bird?

Mr. Gordon-Walker

Not these migrants.

Mr. Keeling

Is not a migrant a bird which always comes back?

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

Is it not a fact that a great many of these migrants who have gone to the Dominions are only too thankful to get home again because they are completely disillusioned about the state of affairs over there?