HC Deb 06 March 1958 vol 583 cc154-5W
115. Sir R. Robinson

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he has considered the statement by Sir Reginald Huish, a copy of which has been supplied to him, made at the recent conference of the British Commonwealth Ex-Service League in Canberra, to the effect that the attitude of Her Majesty's Government on migration was embarrassing the Australian Government; and what steps the High Commissioner is taking to remove misunderstandings and publicise the active and constructive assistance on the problems of migration which his Department is giving.

Mr. Alport

I have seen the statements made by Sir Reginald Huish, and have no reason to suppose that they represent the attitude of the Australian Government.

The High Commissioner is continuing to take all appropriate steps to ensure that Her Majesty's Government in Australia and the Australian people are fully informed of the migration policy of Her Majesty's Government in the United. Kingdom and of the steps which are taken to assist migration between the United Kingdom and Australia.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, while in Australia, on many ocasions assured the Press and public that it is the wish of the Government and people of this country to help Australia to remain British in blood and in tradition. Certain suggestions were made to him during his tour and these are being carefully examined.