HC Deb 29 March 1923 vol 162 cc724-5W
Rear-Admiral SUETER

asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider the propriety of suspending the payment of subsidies for the emigration of agricultural workers until some attempt has been made to re-establish the prosperity of agriculture at home?


I presume that my hon and gallant Friend is referring to the expenditure authorised under the Empire Settlement Act. No special inducements are offered under that Act to agricultural labourers, and I understand that very few, if any, regular agricultural workers have taken advantage of the facilities afforded, although many of the emigrants drawn from urban districts have had some agricultural experience.