HC Deb 15 February 1951 vol 484 cc595-6
19. Mr. Kaberry

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations how many people from the United Kingdom emigrated to Canada and Australia, respectively, for the year ended 31st December, 1950; and how many received assisted passages.

The Prime Minister

Full official statistics are available to the end of November, 1950, only. Between 1st January and 30th November, 1950, 12,614 men, women and children emigrated by sea to Canada and 50,519 to Australia. During the whole of 1950, 37,220 persons sailed under the Free and Assisted Passage Schemes for Australia. There were no such schemes for Canada.

Mr. Osborne

Does the Prime Minister think it is wise for us to encourage the best of our stock to emigrate, and for us to get second-rate stock from Europe?

The Prime Minister

I understood that there was general agreement that persons of British stock should go to the Commonwealth.

Lady Tweedsmuir

Is the Prime Minister aware that out of the 150,000 people expected to emigrate to Canada this year, only 30,000 will be of British stock? As Canada is most anxious to have people from here, and there are many willing to go, will the Government reconsider the financial restrictions involved?

The Prime Minister

That is a matter for discussion. I am sure that if the noble Lady will discuss it with the hon. Member for Louth (Mr. Osborne), it will clarify his mind.