HC Deb 20 March 1958 vol 584 cc1400-1
37. Mr. Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action is taken to inform West Indians proposing to emigrate that it is becoming more difficult to find employment in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Profumo

Information on all aspects of conditions in the United Kingdom, with particular emphasis on employment, is made available to intending emigrants through the reports made to the Government of the West Indies by the British Caribbean Welfare Service, but the Migrant Advisory Bureau in Jamaica, and by radio and Press publicity in the West Indies.

Mr. Lipton

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in Brixton, for example, 2,482 people are registered as unemployed, including quite a number of West Indians, and that this is a growing problem? Is not it necessary and desirable to give clear warning that jobs and homes are not readily available here?

Mr. Profumo

The hon. Member used the words "including quite a number of West Indians". I should require to know how many before I could answer his supplementary question. I have no information to suggest that there is any significant recent change in employment conditions for West Indians here.