§ 1. Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the figures of emigration from Scotland in 1970; and what were the comparable statistics for each of the last 10 years.
§ The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Gordon Campbell)
As the answer consists of a table of figures, I shall, with permission, publish it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Mr. Hamilton
Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the net figures went down in the last few years of the Labour Government? As the Government have not a clue about how to solve the unemployment problem, and as the problem will get worse when they butcher Upper Clyde Shipbuilders, will the right hon. 1398 Gentleman arrange for the shipyards in the Clyde to provide more ships to ship out the emigrants?
§ Mr. Campbell
Without accepting the implications of the hon. Gentleman's remark about Upper Clyde Shipbuilders, I point out that the highest figure of emigration from Scotland since 1946 was in 1966, when it was 47,000, and that the next highest figure was in 1967, when it was 45,000. Like the hon. Gentleman, I hope that emigration can be kept to a minimum.
§ Following are the figures:
|Year to June||Net loss by migration from Scotland|