HC Deb 24 July 1957 vol 574 cc64-5W
Mr. Baldwin

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he is aware that there is general perturbation amongst those interested in overseas migration at the report of the Fact-Finding Mission on conditions of reception and upbringing of migrant children in Australia; what steps have been taken, as suggested in the second report of the Migration Board, to request a local investigation; and whether he will publish the results of the investigation.

Mr. Alport

My noble Friend has considered, in consultation with the voluntary organisations for child migration, the report of the Fact-Finding Mission and the observations on it in the Second Report of the Oversea Migration Board. The Australian authorities have at his request again examined the arrangements in Australia and have undertaken to keep him informed of the results of inspections to be made periodically in future. The information supplied by the Australian authorities is confidential and it is not proposed to publish it. But, after reviewing this information and the discussions with the voluntary organisations, my noble Friend has felt justified in proposing new agreements, under which he will be able to continue his support, under the Commonwealth and Empire Settlement Acts, of the valuable work of the voluntary organisations.

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