HC Deb 22 June 1922 vol 155 c1520W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that numbers of male emigrants to Canada are continually being permitted to leave this country for the Dominions, and are returning owing to rejection by the Canadian immigration officers on account of their unsuitability; and whether he will consider the possibility of preventing this by establishing more stringent medical and other inspection before their departure, after consultation with the Canadian Government?


I have been asked to reply. It is the case that a certain number of migrants, small in comparison with the total number, have been rejected at the port of arrival in Canada or subsequently deported. I invite my hon. Friend's attention to the Report of the Oversea Settlement Committee for 1921 (Cmd. 1580), and especially to Section IX, which deals with medical examination. It will be seen that improvements are being effected in the arrangements for the selection of settlers in this country, and for their medical examination prior to departure. I would add that all the Dominion Governments have now adopted the improved arrangements for medical examination referred to in Section IX of the Report.