HC Deb 23 November 1937 vol 329 cc1018-9
26. Mr. H. Stewart

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that it is estimated that, during the last three years, Scotland has lost on balance to England more than 10,000 workers per annum; whether he foresees any diminution in this movement in the near future; whether there is any compensating flow of workers into Scotland; and, if so, in what numbers and from what countries?

Mr. Elliot

The records of transfers between Scotland on the one hand and England, Wales and Northern Ireland on the other of persons insured under the National Health Insurance Acts show that during the year ended 30th June, 1937, there was a loss to Scotland of insured population amounting to practically 9,50o. This figure allows for both transfers from and transfers to Scotland from those countries. I regret that corresponding figures for the previous two years are not available. I am unable to give any forecast as to future variations in this movement.

Mr. Thurtle

Has the right hon. Gentleman any information in his possession to suggest that a flow of workers from England into Scotland would be welcomed?

Mr. Leach

May I ask whether the 9,000 were all doctors?

Mr. Davidson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is an increase of 51,000 in the unemployed in Scotland since 1930, and that we cannot do with any more?