asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he is aware that only about 50 per cent. of the immigrants to countries of the Commonwealth since 1945 have been citizens of other countries of the Commonwealth; and what steps are being taken to ensure that as many as possible of such immigrants are from countries of the Commonwealth.
My hon. Friend's figures are, I believe, broadly accurate. The migration policies of other Commonwealth countries are for their Governments to decide, but, as was stated by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 30th June, Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom continue to take a close interest in all migration matters and will always be ready to consider with Commonwealth Governments any particular proposals which seem mutually desirable.
Is my hon. Friend aware that I am not suggesting any kind of interference? All I am suggesting is that there should be tentative suggestions of a harmless character. Will he not lead his mind on that path?
I am sure that all the Commonwealth Governments concerned are aware that on frequent occasions it has been stated from this Box that Her Majesty's Government will always be ready to consider any particular proposals of Commonwealth Governments.