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Emigrants (Commonwealth Countries)

Volume 531: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Labour if he will make a statement on the system of allotting assisted passages to Australia to persons liable for National Service.

Yes, Sir. The general arrangement with the Australian authorities until recently was that an assisted passage would not be granted to young men after the age at which they were due to be called up. This has now been modified to allow an assisted passage to be granted where the young man is a junior member of a family which is about to emigrate. Similarly, in the case of emigration to other Commonwealth countries, for which there is no assisted passage scheme, junior members of a family will not be prevented from emigrating with the family.

As far as I could hear the answer, it sounded to me to be the characteristic commonsense which we would expect from the right hon. and learned Gentleman, but which is rather exceptional from his side of the House. Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman take steps to have his answer publicised as far as possible, as it may reduce a great deal of the distress felt by some families?

That was the reason why I answered the Question today before the House roseā€”so that it will be reported.

Does what the right hon. and learned Gentleman has said about assisted passages apply also to those emigrants who pay their own fares?

As I pointed out in regard to Commonwealth countries other than Australia, the concession I was making would apply, and it would apply to Australia too.