§ Miss Joan Lestor
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from each EEC country, excluding the Republic of Ireland, were issued with residence permits during 1977, 1978 and the first six months of 1979, respectively.
§ Mr. Raison
The numbers of residence permits issued to EEC nationals and their dependants, analysed by country, are published annually in 'Control of Immigration: Statistics' (table 5 of the volume for 1977, Cmnd 7160, and table 2 of the volume for 1978, Cmnd 7565). The figures for the first quarter of 1979 are given in the following table; those for the second quarter of 1979 are not yet available.
Residence permits issued to E.E.C. nationals* and their dependants January to March 1979 Country Total Belgium 85 Denmark 104 France 369 Germany 426 Italy 468 Luxembourg — Netherlands 392 Total 1,844 *Citizens of the Republic of Ireland do not have to obtain residence permits.