HL Deb 12 May 1964 vol 258 cc228-30WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the figures of net immigration for each of the last five years from India. Pakistan, East and Central Africa, West Africa and West Indies respectively.


Since 1st July, 1962, when Part I of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act, 1962, came into force, comprehensive statistics for all persons subject to immigration control under the Act have been maintained. The following table gives the information requested for the periods 1st July, 1962, to 31st December, 1962, and 1st January, 1963, to 31st December, 1963:

Net Balance 1st July 1962–31st December, 1962 Net Balance 1st January, 193–31st December, 1963
India 3,050 17,498
Pakistan —137 16,336
East and Central Africa —26 3,208
West Africa* 1,897 4,106
West Indies† 3,241 7,928

* Excluding Gambia for which separate statistics are not maintained.

† Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Leeward and Windward Islands and British Guiana.

Such figures as are available for previous years are in no way comparable as it was necessary up to 30th June, 1962, to rely upon estimates of the number of Commonwealth citizens passing through the ports, and no estimates are available in respect of the former Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. The following table gives such information as is available:

Estimated net inward movement from 1959 1960 1961 1962 (January June only)
India 2,950 5,900 23,750 19,050
Pakistan 850 2,500 25,100 25,080
East Africa 150 250 2,650 1,980
West Africa 750 -500 5,450 6,630
West Indies* 16,400 49,650 66,300 31,800

A minus sign denotes a net outward movement

* Includes with the former Federation of the West Indies, British Guiana and British Honduras.

House adjourned at a quarter before eight o'clock.