HC Deb 24 July 1925 vol 186 c2568W
Major GLYN

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what were the total migration figures of British residents in the United Kingdom to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Newfoundland, and the Crown Colonies for the years 1913 and 1924; and what proportion of the cost was borne in these financial years by the British, and Dominion, and Crown Colony Governments, respectively?


The total numbers of migrants who proceeded to other parts of the Empire for permanent settlement during the years 1913 and 1924 were as follow:

British North America 1913. 1924.
(Canada and Newfoundland) 164,566 47,194
Australia 44,428 30,304
New Zealand 11,809 8,740
South Africa 375 649
Other parts of the Empire 2,343 2,026

No financial assistance towards migration was given by His Majesty's Government in 1913. The total expenditure of His Majesty's Government in the financial year 1924–5 under agreed schemes arranged with Oversea Governments under the Empire Settlement Act, 1922, was £439,051 in respect of assistance to migrants proceeding to the Dominions of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. No information is available regarding the expenditure incurred by the Governments of those Dominions in 1924–5, but the basis of the Empire Settlement Act is that His Majesty's Government cannot bear more than half the expenditure under agreed schemes. No assistance towards migration was given by the Governments of the other Dominions or by the Crown Colonies in 1924–5. In 1913 the Governments of certain of the Dominions granted assisted passages to special classes of settlers, but information is not available as to the actual expenditure incurred.