HC Deb 15 December 1955 vol 547 c1380
33. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations how much money has been spent under the Overseas Settlement Act, during each year since the war.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

As the reply involves a number of figures, I am circulating it in the OFFICIAL REPORT

Mr. Langford-Holt

is my hon. Friend aware that those of us who have opposed the Overseas Settlement Act on the grounds of its inadequacy would be greatly encouraged to hear that he and his Department are satisfied that everything is being done to encourage migration between the countries of the Commonwealth?

Mr. Dodds-Parker

I am never satistied in that respect. I have said on many occasions from this Box that if any of the Commonwealth Governments concerned will let us know in what way we can help, he will listen sympathetically.

Following is the reply:

Total post-war expenditure under the Empire Settlement Acts, 1922–52
Financial year £
1945–46 6,025
1946–47 1,615
1947–48 54,760
1948–49 415,580
1949–50 636,761
1950–51 909,470
1951–52 531,005
1952–53 179,855
1953–54 184,554
1954–55 185,727
Less recoveries of passage assistance for returning migrants during this period 54,974
Total net expenditure 1945–55 3,050,378