HC Deb 14 May 1957 vol 570 c16W
Mr. F. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the most recent estimate of the total population of Cyprus; how many persons belong to the Greek Cypriot and how many to the Turkish Cypriot communities; and what proportions of the total these figures represent.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The civilian population at the end of 1956 was estimated as 529,000. The proportion of Greek Cypriots to Turkish Cypriots in the most recent census (1946) was 4.48 to 1, and Greek and Turkish Cypriots together represented 98 per cent. of the total population. There is no reason to believe that this proportion has altered substantially.

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