HC Deb 27 February 1962 vol 654 cc132-3W
Sir D. Kaberry

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations how much money has been spent within each of the past five years under the provisions of the Commonwealth and Empire Settlement Acts, 1922–1957, in schemes for settlement in each of the several following countries, namely: India, Pakistan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Rhodesia and Nyasaland, South Africa, West Indies Federation, Malayan Federation, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, British Guiana, Ceylon, British Honduras, Falkland Islands, North Borneo, Brunei, and Sarawak.

Mr. Sandys

Schemes in operation under the Commonwealth and Empire Settlements Acts, 1922 to 1957, during the last five years have been confined to assisting settlement in Australia. An annual contribution of £150,000 has been made towards the cost of the United Kingdom-Australia Assisted Passage Scheme and contributions have been paid towards the initial outfitting and maintenance in Australia of children who emigrate under the auspices of eight voluntary societies.

Expenditure has been as follows:

Financial Year United Kingdom/Australia Assisted Passage Scheme Outfit and Maintenance Allowances for Child Migrants Total
£ £ £
1957–58 150,000 31,597 181,597
1958–59 150,000 23,780 173,780
1959–60 150,000 18,859 168,859
1960–61 150,000 14,267 164,267
1961–62 150,000 12,000* 162,000
Totals £750,000 £100,503 £850,503
* Estimate.