HC Deb 14 February 1939 vol 343 cc1571-2W
Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has been in communication with the Governments of Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, respecting the settlement of refugees; and what is the total number of refugees those Governments have intimated they are willing to accept?

Sir T. Inskip

The question of the admission of refugees into the Dominions is entirely a matter for the respective Dominion Governments. His Majesty's Governments in Canada, the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand are themselves represented on the Inter-Governmental Committee which has under consideration the question of the settlement of refugees overseas.

As regards the last part of the question, as my predecessor stated in reply to a question on the 6th December, the Commonwealth Government have announced their willingness to accept 15,000 refugees over a term of three years. The other two Governments have not, so far as I am aware, made any announcement, but statements by Canadian and New Zealand statesmen indicate that they are fully alive to the importance and urgency of the question.