HC Deb 26 April 1951 vol 487 cc83-4W
54. Mr. Leather

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what requests the Canadian Government has made to His Majesty's Government to increase the present amount of transferable funds for emigrants; when such requests were made; and what action His Majesty's Government has taken.

Mr. Jay

No formal request has been made on this subject by the Canadian Government.

55. Mr. Leather

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will now review the position regarding restrictions of transferable funds by emigrants to Canada as undertaken by his predecessor on 9th April.

Mr. Jay

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply my right hon. Friend gave to the hon. Member for Shrewsbury (Mr. Langford-Holt) on 17th April.

56. Mr. Leather

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer in view of the estimates that 35,000 emigrants might go to Canada in 1951, and that only a small percentage of these would have funds avail able to transfer in excess of £1,000, what is the Treasury estimate of additional dollars which would have to be found if the former £5,000 fund limit was reinstated.

Mr. Jay

No precise estimate can be made but the amount would almost certainly come to several million pounds a year, with an additional heavy outlay at the beginning in respect of emigrants already in North America.