British officials have been involved in a "top level cover-up" over the forced migration of vulnerable children, a Labour MP claimed on Wednesday.
David Hinchliffe, chairman of the Commons Health Select Committee, told the House of Commons that 150,000 children in care had been shipped to Australia and New Zealand as part of an experiment in child migration which he called "Britain's most shameful secret".
The practice of shipping orphans to Britain's former colonies began in 1618 and only ended in 1967.
It has only recently come to light and the Health Select Committee has been investigating it.
Its members travelled to Australia and New Zealand to meet people who had been affected.
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