HC Deb 27 November 1968 vol 774 cc109-10W
55. Mr. Hordern

asked the Minister of Technology how many scientists and how many engineers and technologists have entered and left Great Britain in 1967 and in the first six months of 1968.

Mr. Benn

Full details are not available, but our best estimate of the number of persons with qualifications in science who left the United Kingdom in 1967 is 4,400. Of these, 2,100 had been occupied in scientific work and were thus comparable with the "scientist" category used in the Report of the Working Group on Migration; the remainder had qualifications in science but were occupied in other work such as teaching and management. The total inflow was estimated at 3,000, of whom about 800 were scientists by occupation.

The emigration of engineers and technologists in 1967 is estimated at 5,300, and immigration at 1,700.

Data from the International Passenger Survey—a stratified random sample of all passengers entering and leaving the United Kingdom—suggest that for the first half of 1968 emigration was about 25 per cent. down, and immigration roughly unchanged, as compared with the first half of 1967.

61. Mr. Ian Lloyd

asked the Minister of Technology what is the total number of qualified scientists and engineers presently employed by his Department; what percentage of this total was recruited during the most recent year for which figures are available; and what percentage has left the service of his Department to work outside Government and nationalised industry during the same period.

Mr. Benn

Approximately 4,100. Of this total 4 per cent. were recruited during the year ended 30th September, 1968. During the same period 2 per cent. left the service of my Department to work outside government and nationalised industry.