HC Deb 26 October 1916 vol 86 c1334W

asked the Chief Secretary if he can give the number of emigrations from Ireland since the famine of 1847; and if he will state whether any means are at his disposal that would enable him to find out the number of soldiers serving in the Australian, Canadian, and South African regiments who are sons and grandsons of the Irish emigrants who were compelled to leave Ireland within the past seventy years?


The total number of emigrants, natives of Ireland, who left Irish ports from 1st May, 1851, when statistics were first collected, to 30th September, 1916, was 4,314,781, being 2,242,723 males and 2,072,058 females. I have no information which would enable me to reply to the second part of the question.