HC Deb 13 March 1924 vol 170 c2590W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether his Department exercises any supervision over emigrants from Dr. Barnardo's Homes in the Colonies to which they go; and, if so, for how long and in what way?


The hon. Member will realise that the supervision of any class of British migrants to one of His Majesty s Dominions is a matter for the Government of that Dominion. I am informed, however, that in Canada inspectors appointed by the Canadian Government and by Dr. Barnardo's Homes supervise the migrants in question by means of regular visits until they attain the age of 18 years. Even after that age, the inspectors of Dr. Barnardo's Homes usually continue to keep in touch with the migrants. I take this opportunity of stating that the Government of Canada has intimated that a visit from representatives of the Imperial Government with a view to obtaining first-hand information in Canada in regard to the system of child migration, and specially the placing and supervision in Canada, will be very welcome to that Government. It has, therefore, been decided that representatives of the Overseas Settlement Committee should visit Canada during the summer, and I have received with great satisfaction an intimation that the Department of Immigration and Colonisation of the Dominion Government will be glad to afford all possible assistance.

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