§ Mr. TURNER
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department if he will state the number of persons who have left this country under the various assisted schemes of emigration and overseas settlement agencies during the latest complete years for which returns are available; the approximate cost of passage per head; the total cost involved; what proportion of the cost falls upon the Exchequer; to what extent that cost is recoverable; and what is being received?
§ Mr. LUNN
The number of persons who proceeded overseas under the Government free passage scheme for ex-service men and ex-service women, which operated from the 8th April, 1919, to the 31st December, 1922, was as follows:
Canada 26,905 Australia 37,576 New Zealand 13,349 South Africa and Rhodesia 6,064 Other parts of the Empire 2,133 Total 86,027
The total expenditure by the Imperial Government was £2,418,263 and the average cost of passage per head was approximately £28.
Of this sum, £103,998 was advanced by way of loans to migrants and recoveries up to the 31st March last amounted to £4,051.
Imperial Government Expenditure. Number of Settlers. £ Canada … 7,957 48,300 Australia … 38,779 341,400 New Zealand … 8,287 70,200 South Africa … 13 200 Totals … 55,036 £460,100
The basis of the expenditure incurred under the Empire Settlement Act is that the contribution of His Majesty's Govern- 2566W ment 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 on the settlers under the Act. 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.
The fare for assisted passages per adult is as follows:
The portion of the fare paid by the Imperial Government varies in each case, according to the amount of loan required.
- Canada, £16 (with rebate of £3 from 1st March to 31st October, 1924,
- Australia and New Zealand, £33.