§ Mr. Janner
asked the Minister of National Insurance how many people in overseas territories are in receipt of old age and widows' pensions paid by his Department; and how many people overseas are subscribers to our National Insurance scheme at the present time.
EMIGRANTS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM TRAVELLING DIRECT BY SEA TO CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, THE UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA AND SOUTHERN RHODESIA January, 1946—March, 1949 (Figures to the nearest thousand) Future Permanent Residence Number of British Emigrants Ages of British Migrants from the United Kingdom to all destinations outside Europe and the Mediterranean area. (See Note (iv)) Males Canada … … … 115,000 Under 18 years 58,000 18–29 44,000 Australia … … … 67,000 30–44 55,000 Over 45 33,000 New Zealand … … … 21,000 TOTAL 190,000 South Africa … … … 70,000 Females Under 18 years 65,000 Southern Rhodesia (see Note (iii)) … … … 5,000 18–29 102,000 30–44 75,000 Over 45 53,000 TOTAL 295,000 TOTAL … … … 278,000 TOTAL 485,000 (i) Since January, 1949, Newfoundland figures are again being recorded with those for Canada. (ii) Residence for a year or more is treated as permanent residence for the purpose of this classification. (iii) Separate statistics for Southern Rhodesia have been recorded only since January, 1948. Before that date they were included in those for South Africa. (iv) Separate figures for the age groups of migrants going to the five Commonwealth countries named have not been recorded. (v) The total figure of aliens emigrating from the United Kingdom to other countries of the Commonwealth in 1946–1948 inclusive is approximately 4,000; but separate totals by countries of destination for this period are not available. In the first quarter of 1949 there were 727 alien emigrants to the five Commonwealth countries named, mainly to Canada.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
The number of retirement, old age and widows' pensions which are at present being paid by this Ministry to persons overseas is 12,812. I regret that the information asked for in the second part of the Question is not available.