HC Deb 24 May 1988 vol 134 cc107-8W
Mr. Churchill

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants have been admitted for settlement in the 10 years 1978 to 1987; what is his best estimate of the number likely to be admitted over the years 1988 to 1997; what estimate has been made of the cost to public funds of providing housing, school and hospital places to meet this influx; and what budgetary provision has been made to meet it.

Mr. Renton

The numbers persons subject to immigration control who were accepted for settlement in the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years is as follows:

1978 72,330
1979 69,670
1980 69,750
1981 59,060

1982 53,870
1983 53,460
1984 50,950
1985 55,360
1986 46,820
1987 45,980

There is no estimate made of the numbers of likely to be granted settlement in the next 10 years or of the costs or contributions to public funds which might result from this component of the total likely change in the population of the United Kingdom over that period.

Plans for the provision of housing, school and hospital places take into account overall changes in population, including estimates of net migration. These are the subject of projections produced by the Government Actuary's Department (national figures) and by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys with the Department of the Environment (for local authorities).