§ 7. Mr. Gwynfor Evans
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will state the gross number of persons who emigrated from Wales in 1965–66 and 1966–67.
§ Mr. George Thomas
This information is not available. It could be found only by imposing a requirement on people leaving Wales to sign a declaration of some sort. This I am not prepared to recommend.
§ Mr. Thomas
Two points arise. First, the hon. Gentleman—I regret to say this on my first occasion to answer Questions as Secretary of State—is wildly wrong. The number has fallen from just over 5,000 in the 1950s to a trickle. Second, perhaps the hon. Gentleman would like to tell Welsh people that they 1263 are not free to move. Does he want the London Welsh to return home, for instance?