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Immigration

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens from Pakistan and the New Commonwealth have re-emigrated in each of the last five years (a) with assistance from Goverment schemes and (b) without assistance.

With regard to (a), my right hon. Friend is responsible for arrangements for assistance under section 29 of the Immigration Act 1971 and under section 90 of the Mental Health Act 1959. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services is responsible for matters relating to a scheme operated by the Supplementary Benefits Commission.

Section 29 Immigration Act 1971

Information in the form requested can be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, the total numbers of people assisted under this scheme since 1974—the majority of whom are thought to come from the New Commonwealth—are as follows:

1974–75156
1975–76221
1976–77112
1977–78130
1978–79173

Section 90 Mental Health Act 1959

The information is as follows:

19745
19751
19761
19773
19782

With regard to ( b) the information requested is not available.