West Indian Immigrants

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1960.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Cordeaux Lieut-Colonel John Cordeaux , Nottingham Central 12:00 am, 24th November 1960

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens of the West Indies entered the United Kingdom during 1959, and up to the latest convenient date in 1960, respectively.

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

The estimated net inward movement was 16,400 during 1959, and 43,450 for the first ten months of 1960.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Cordeaux Lieut-Colonel John Cordeaux , Nottingham Central

As the figures for this year are going to be about four times as great as for last year, and a good deal greater than in the previous year, would my hon. and learned Friend agree that our efforts to persuade the West Indian Governments to limit this immigration have been completely unavailing? In view of the difficult problem that faces Nottingham and other cities similarly placed as regards housing, and the much more serious problem which may arise if we get only a moderate degree of unemployment, would my hon. and learned Friend look at the matter again and reconsider our immigration policy?

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

Any question on the result of the approaches to the West Indian Governments is for answer by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Colonies, but I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that the whole of this question is under careful consideration.

Photo of Mr Cyril Osborne Mr Cyril Osborne , Louth Borough

In view of the fact that my hon. and learned Friend or my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State have been saying for the last five or six years that the matter is under consideration, may I ask when we are going to have a decision?

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey

No doubt, the Joint Under-Secretary clearly takes the point that if there were to be a ban on such people coming in, there is one hospital in my constituency which would virtually have to close down?

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the figures of immigration from the West Indies for each year from 1951 to date; and whether it is still the policy of Her Majesty's Government to allow citizens of all Commonwealth countries to come to the United Kingdom.

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

No figures are available for years before 1955. I will, with permission, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the estimates for 1955 onwards. As regards the last part of the Question, I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend said in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Louth (Mr. C. Osborne) on 7th July.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

May I refer the hon. and learned Gentleman to a supplementary question I put earlier today? Will he now take this opportunity to deprecate the aggravation of racial ill-will for party propaganda purposes, whosoever commits it?

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

I am sure that everyone would deprecate the use of racial ill-will for party propaganda purposes. I am not aware of any such thing having taken place.

Following is the information:

The estimates of net inward movement from the West Indies are as follows:

195527,550
195629,800
195723,000
195815,000
195916,400
1960 (first ten months)43,500