India, Pakistan and Caribbean (Immigrants to the United Kingdom)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Enfield East 12:00 am, 30th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the estimated net inward movement of immigrants into the United Kingdom from India, Pakistan and the Caribbean countries, respectively, for 1958 and for the current year to the latest available date.

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

I will, with permission, circulate the figures in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Enfield East

Will the hon. Lady state why regular and more frequent statistics dealing with immigrants are not published, as that would save putting Questions on the Order Paper when information is required? Do the figures include all entries, by air, sea and short sea routes?

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

The hon. Member will be aware that it is easier to obtain exact statistics of aliens than of British subjects who have free right of admission at any time to this country, but I shall look into the question he has raised to see whether it is possible to provide statistics more regularly.

Approximate figures are as follows:

19581959 (to 30th June)
India6,2001,600
Pakistan5,000*
West Indies15,0005,400
* It is estimated that there has been a small net outward movement to Pakistan during this period.