§ Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent the percentage of dependants among Commonwealth immigrants has increased or decreased; and to what causes he attributes this change.
§ Mr. Brooke
In the period January-May 1964, 18,989 Commonwealth citizens subject to immigration control were admitted to take up residence, of whom 11,710, or 61.5 per cent., were dependants. In the eighteen months July 1962–December 1963, 78,620 were admitted to take up residence, of whom 35,066, or 44.6 per cent., were dependants. The 281W number of dependants either accompanying or coming to join the head of the household has increased in recent months, and the number of immigrants arriving with Ministry of Labour vouchers has fallen.