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Commonwealth Immigrants

Volume 655: debated on Thursday 15 March 1962

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asked the Minister of Education, in view of the sharp increase in the number of Commonwealth immigrants into this country, which rose from 120 in the month of January, 1960, to 2,940 in 1961 and 10,800 in 1962, what steps he is taking to meet the special problems in schools that this immigration is causing; how far it is aggravated by the inability of an increasing number of immigrants to speak English; and if he will make a statement.

The schools are continuing to absorb the children of Commonwealth immigrants. In cases of language difficulty local education authorities arrange for extra tuition in special classes, and where necessary their teacher quotas have been adjusted. I believe that both authorities and teachers are making a very good job of this problem and that local arrangements are working well.