§ 39. Mr. Douglas Dodds-Parker
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps he is taking to expedite the shipping facilities for 1,500 women and children from Malta who wish to join their husbands in Australia.
§ Mr. Lyttelton
Under the present Constitution, responsibility for promoting emigation rests with Maltese Ministers and I have no initiative in the matter. I have, however, just received a request from them for assistance from Her Majesty's Government in connection with emigration generally, and this is now under consideration.
§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
Will my right hon. Friend see if it is not possible in some way to assist in this very urgent problem, in view of the importance of helping emigrants from Malta and the discouraging effects of these long separations?