HC Deb 05 May 1924 vol 173 c62W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department when we may expect the Report of the delegation which proceeded to Australia in March, 1923; if he can give the cost of the delegation; and if the total sum has been borne by this country?


In the unavoidable absence of the Parliamentary Secretary, I have been asked to reply. It is hoped that the Report will be laid before Parliament this month. The total cost of the delegation to His Majesty's Government was approximately £4,500, but the Australian Government incurred expenditure over and above this amount in providing travelling facilities, including special trains—when necessary—motor cars and much hospitality. I am glad to have this opportunity of expressing on behalf of His Majesty's Government our appreciation of the great courtesy and invaluable help extended to our delegates throughout their visit.