HC Deb 02 March 1921 vol 138 cc1845-6W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the result of recent conferences with representatives of the Dominions respecting the settlement overseas of ex-service and other British men and women?

Lieut.-Colonel AMERY

A Conference on State-aided Empire settlement was held at the Colonial Office on 28th January, 1921, and succeeding days. His Majesty's Government were represented by Viscount Milner and Lieut.-Colonel L. S. Amery, M.P., the President and Chairman of the Oversea Settlement Committee, whilst the Hon. Sir George Perley, K.C.M.G., Senator the Hon. E. D. Millen and the Hon. Sir James Allen, K.C.B., represented Canada, Australia and New Zealand respectively. It was agreed that the basis of the whole problem of Empire development was the settlement of primary producers on the land. The number of ordinary migrants who could be absorbed depended very largely upon the development of land settlement schemes. The Conference agreed that financial co-operation on the part of His Majesty's Government and the Dominion Governments was desirable. It was intimated that the amount of the assistance which His Majesty s Government could give would depend both upon the amounts contributed by the Dominions mid upon the financial position of the United Kingdom. Certain definite proposals were outlined as a basis for discussion at the forthcoming meeting of Prime Ministers in June.