§ [The question was as follows:
§ To ask His Majesty's Government, the cost to the taxpayer in helping English and Scottish nationals to emigrate since April 5, 1946, to the nearest convenient date, and also the cost to the taxpayer in facilitating the immigration to this country of European voluntary workers including the cost of their training and maintenance.]
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (VISCOUNT HALL)
My Lords, the cost to the Exchequer in helping British men and women to emigrate under the schemes for free or assisted passages from their inception in March, 1947, to May 31, 1948, was approximately £500,000. The estimated cost to the Exchequer of recruiting, transporting and maintaining European volunteer workers brought to this country between April, 1947, when the scheme was introduced, until May 31, 1948, was £1,800,000.