asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the total number of immigrants in each of the years 1946 to 1951 inclusive; and what was the total number of the immigration staff employed in each of these years.
The United Kingdom is not a country of immigration and foreigners are normally admitted on
a temporary basis, and not as immigrants, in the first instance. The following figures for foreigners passing through the immigration controls in the years 1946 to 1951 distinguish between (i) holiday and business visitors and (ii) other foreigners admitted for periods of varying length or returning after temporary absence abroad. The figures for immigration staff represent the average number employed in each year.