HC Deb 22 November 1977 vol 939 c657W
31. Mr. Dudley Smith

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on his policy towards the collection of statistics on immigration, the presentation of such statistics and any forward projection of such statistics; and what guidance he gives to the Registrar-General over their compilation.

Mr. Ennals

It is the statutory duty of the Registrar General to collect and publish a wide range of demographic statistics and this includes statistics on immigration. I refer the hon. Member to the Census Act 1920, Sections 5 and 2(2). the guidance I give depends on the particular issue under consideration.