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Volume 886: debated on Thursday 13 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what are the immigration figures for the last available 12 months, and the preceding four years; of those for the last available 12 months, how many immigrants entered the country with work permits, how many as dependants and how many under special quota arrangements; and if he will list, for the same period, by individual country of destination and origin, the emigration and immigration figures.

The total number admitted for settlement on arrival in the nine months from January to September 1974, the latest period for which figures are available, is 22,055. This total was made up as follows:

Commonwealth citizens admitted for settlement excluding United Kingdom passport holders (mainly dependants of people settled here)8,978
Foreign nationals admitted for settlement4,963
UKPH special voucher holders2,562
Other UKPH admitted for settlement, mainly dependants5,552
In addition, 15,925 work permit holders, and 4,170 dependants of work permit holders, entered the country in the same period.The totals admitted for settlement on arrival in the preceding four years were:

Full statistics are contained in the White Papers: "Commonwealth citizens". 1970 Cmnd. 4620, 1971 Cmnd. 4951, 1972 Cmnd. 5285; "Foreign nationals", 1970 Cmnd. 4655, 1971 Cmnd. 4960, 1972 Cmnd. 5309; "Commonwealth citizens and Foreign nationals", 1973 Cmnd. 5603.The information asked for in the last part of the Question is not immediately available. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.