HC Deb 30 July 1959 vol 610 cc674-5
49. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the estimated net inward movement of immigrants into the United Kingdom from India, Pakistan and the Caribbean countries, respectively, for 1958 and for the current year to the latest available date.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

I will, with permission, circulate the figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Davies

Will the hon. Lady state why regular and more frequent statistics dealing with immigrants are not published, as that would save putting Questions on the Order Paper when information is required? Do the figures include all entries, by air, sea and short sea routes?

Miss Hornsby-Smith

The hon. Member will be aware that it is easier to obtain exact statistics of aliens than of British subjects who have free right of admission at any time to this country, but I shall look into the question he has raised to see whether it is possible to provide statistics more regularly.

Approximate figures are as follows:

1958 1959 (to 30th June)
India 6,200 1,600
Pakistan 5,000 *
West Indies 15,000 5,400
* It is estimated that there has been a small net outward movement to Pakistan during this period.