HC Deb 19 May 1924 vol 173 cc1854-5W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of persons who have settled in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, respectively, under the Empire Settlement Act, 1922; and also the amount of money expended by the Imperial Government and by each of the Dominion Governments under this scheme?


The number of persons assisted to proceed overseas under the Empire Settlement Act and the expenditure of the Imperial Government up to 31st March last were as follows:

Number of Settlers. Imperial Government Expenditure.
Canada 7,957 48,300
Australia 38,779 341,400
New Zealand 8,287 70,200
South Africa (1820 Memorial Settlers' Association) 13 200
Totals 55,036 £460,100

A considerable portion of this expenditure represents loans recoverable over varying periods. As regards the last part of the question, the basis of the expenditure incurred under the Empire Settlement Act is that the contribution of His Majesty's Government shall not exceed one-half of the cost of the scheme concerned. Detailed information is not, however, available as to the amounts expended by the Dominion Governments. It should be added that the figures given include certain schemes arranged between the Imperial Government and philanthropic societies in this country, in which the Dominion Governments do not share.