HC Deb 26 April 1976 vol 910 c46W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his Deparment's definition of the word "immigrant".

Dr. Owen

For the purposes of compiling population statistics the Registrar General defines an immigrant as a person who has resided abroad for a year or more and who arrives in the United Kingdom with the intention of staying for a year or more. Where possible the statistics take account of changes, subsequent to arrival, in a person's intended length of stay in the United Kingdom.