HC Deb 10 May 1927 vol 206 cc190-1

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has any figures showing the movements of population from the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland into Scotland during recent years?


As the answer to the question contains a number of figures, I propose with the hon. Member's permission, to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. In giving these figures, I think it right to say that, as they do not cover the whole ground, deductions can only be drawn with much reserve.

Following is the statement:

The subjoined table shows the passenger traffic between ports in Scotland and in the Irish Free State in the years 1924, 1925, and 1926. I regret that I am not in a position to furnish similar information with regard to the passenger traffic between Scottish ports and ports in Northen Ireland.

Number of passengers arriving at Scottish ports from Irish Free State ports:

1924 20,954
1925 20,309
1926 18,333

Number of passengers leaving Scottish ports for Irish Free State ports:

1924 19,862
1925 21,539
1926 15,357

The number of Irish born persons in Scotland was according to the last three Census Returns, as follows:

1901 205,064
1911 174,715
1921 159,020