HC Deb 02 November 1979 vol 972 c687W
Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many citizens of the Republic of Ireland of voting age were estimated to be resident in the United Kingdom on 1 May.

Sir George Young

From replies to the labour force survey that was undertaken in May-June 1977, it is estimated that, at that date, the number of persons resident in the United Kingdom who were of voting age and who believed they were citizens of the Irish Republic, amounted to about 440,000. A similarly derived estimate of those born in the Irish Republic was about 570,000. Results from the 1979 labour force survey are not yet available.

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