Mr. DUNDAS WHITE
asked the Secretary for Scotland what was the excess of births over deaths in Scotland during the first six months of the present year; and what was the excess of emigration from, over immigration to, Scottish ports during the same period?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
During the first six months of the present year the number of births in Scotland was 62,498, and the number of deaths was 38,399; the excess of births over deaths was thus 24,094. The following table shows the number of passengers between Scottish 1191W ports and places out of Europe during the same period:—
— British. Aliens Total. Outward … 28,760 3,486 32,246 Inward … 6,100 4,608 10,708 Balance Outward … 22,660 — 21,538 Balance Inward … — 1,122 —
In view of the revised system of tabulation I may add that during the three months, April to June, 1912, the number of passengers from ports in the United Kingdom who were returned as intending to reside abroad and as having been previously resident in Scotland, that is to say, the number of emigrants from Scotland, was 27,212, of whom 26,931 were British and 281 aliens; of these emigrants, 21,482 (21,228 British and 254 aliens), sailed from ports in Scotland. During the same three months the number of passengers arriving at ports in the United Kingdom who were returned as previously resident abroad and intending to reside in Scotland, namely, the number of immigrants into Scotland, was 4,246, of whom 4,193 were British and 53 aliens; of these immigrants 1,592 (1,578 British and 14 aliens) arrived at ports in Scotland. Corresponding figures for periods prior to April, 1912, are not available.