§ 17. Mr. Pounder
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of the Irish Republic have been convicted of indictable offences in Great Britain since the introduction of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act; and what were the corresponding figures relating to citizens of Commonwealth countries who are covered by the provisions of the Act.
§ 18. Mr. Pounder
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of the Irish Republic, and how many citizens from Commonwealth countries, have been recommended for deportation since the introduction of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act.
§ Mr. Pounder
I thank my right hon. Friend for those illuminating but disturbing figures. Does he consider that the time has now come, or is fast approaching, when he should study the possibility of controlling the hitherto unrestricted flow of Irish immigrants into this country?
§ Mr. Brooke
That would require either control at the British ports or control along the land frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
§ Mr. Brockway
Will the right hon. Gentleman agree that these figures are 614 a very small proportion of the number of immigrants?