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Dominions (Emigration)

Volume 416: debated on Monday 19 November 1945

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether, in pursuance of the principles laid down in Command 6658, he has ascertained from the Canadian Government if the repatriation of Canadian Forces and the resettlement of war workers have proceeded to a point where discussions on migration can profitably be resumed; and what is the nature of the reply.

It has not yet been possible to make further progress with the negotiations with the Canadian Government on this subject.

Is the hon. Gentleman pressing the Canadian Government on this matter?

The Canadians are very fully occupied in dealing with the problem of their returning Servicemen at the moment.

But has the hon. Gentleman brought to the notice of the Canadian Government how serious our problem is becoming?

We have raised the matter with them, and they know our views.65. Viscount Hinchingbrooke asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether the migration agreements between the Dominion of Australia and this country referred to in Command 6658 have been concluded; and when the agreements will be published.

Discussions with the Commonwealth Government are still proceeding. A statement will be made as soon as they are concluded.