HC Deb 03 November 1955 vol 545 cc1181-2
4. Mr. Renton

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what discussions he had concerning the question of migration from the United Kingdom to the Commonwealth of Canada during his recent visit to Canada; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

During my recent visit to Canada my informal talks touched on many aspects of United Kingdom-Canadian relations, but I had no specific discussions with the Canadian authorities on migration.

Mr. Renton

Does my hon. Friend mean that he went all the way to Canada and missed the opportunity of following up the hope expressed by the Prime Minister earlier this year that migration within the Commonwealth would receive official attention? Would he say why this opportunity was missed?

Mr. Dodds-Parker

No, Sir. I have made it clear to my hon. and learned Friend on numerous occasions that policy on immigration into Canada is, of course, a matter for Her Majesty's Government in Canada. Any initiative of the kind implied in the Question would have to come from the Canadian authorities.