HC Deb 24 April 1967 vol 745 cc221-2W
Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of Commonwealth immigrants, coloured and white, respectively, admitted during each year from 1960 to 1966; and what were the corresponding numbers of coloured and white or Commonwealth United Kingdom citizens who emigrated permanently during each of these years.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

Statistics are not kept on the basis of race or colour.

Estimates of the net balance of immigration from Commonwealth territories in the Caribbean, Asia, East and West Africa and the Mediterranean before 1st July 1962 are as follows:

1960 57,700
1961 136,400
1962 94,900
(to 30th June)

The net balance of immigration of Commonwealth citizens subject to Part I of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962 was as follows:

Canada, Australia and New Zealand Other Commonwealth territories
1962 (from 1st July) —6,182 8,685
1963 8,951 57,049
1964 13,382 62,117
1965 10,402 53,417
1966 4,395 46,953

The minus sign denotes a net outward movement.

As to emigration, the Registrar General has made the following estimates:

Emigrants with other Commonwealth passports
Emigrants with United Kingdom passports To Canada, Australia and New Zealand To other Commonwealth territories To foreign countries
1964 202,000 11,000 15,000 3,000
1965 222,000 12,000 18,000 6,000
1966 230,000 13,000 17,000 3,000

Corresponding figures are not available for earlier years.

Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the total number of Commonwealth immigrants admitted in each calendar year since 1962 was represented by voucher holders, dependants and students, respectively.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

Disregarding visitors for less than three months, passengers in transit and persons returning to the United Kingdom from temporary absence abroad, the percentages are as follows:

voucher-holders Dependants Students
1963 28.8 25.1 17.7
1964 14.4 36.6 19.6
1965 13.3 42.4 14.4
1966 5.9 45.0 14.8