HC Deb 22 February 1973 vol 851 cc138-9W
Mr. John Page

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will publish a list showing how many British passport-holding heads of families remain in which parts of the Commonwealth; how many per year are programmed to be admitted to the United Kingdom for permanent settlement; and how many per year in total numbers of all members of their families he expects over the next 10 years.

Mr. R. Carr

The available estimates of people with no citizenship other than that of the United Kingdom and Colonies who are subject to control under the Immigration Act 1971 and resident in Commonwealth countries relate to total numbers, not heads of families. They are:

Kenya 35,000
Tanzania 20,000
Zambia 6,000
Malawi 13,000
India 25,000
Malaysia 110,000
Singapore 30,000

There are a number of groups in other countries. The largest is believed to be Pakistan where there are 1,000.

In 1972, excluding the refugees expelled from Uganda, a total of about 10,500 people were admitted under the special voucher scheme. The rate of admission to this country for settlement is not programmed for years in advance but it would be my intention to maintain the numbers within the order of magnitude of recent years.