HC Deb 05 March 1925 vol 181 cc685-6W

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of ex-service men who have emigrated since 1919 under the Empire Settlement Act or any other scheme?


Under the Government free passage scheme for ex-service men and women and their dependants which came into operation on 8th April, 1919, and was closed on 31st December, 1922, 39,419 ex-service men (or 86,027 persons, including dependants, etc.) were granted free passages to enable them to settle in other parts of the Empire.

The schemes of assisted migration now in operation arranged under the terms of the Empire Settlement Act, 1922, are applicable to all suitable and approved British subjects resident in the United Kingdom, and figures are not available to show the numbers of ex-service men who have been included and gone overseas under those schemes.