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New Commonwealth Ethnic Origin Population

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current rate of annual increase in the New Commonwealth ethnic origin population; and whether he foresees any significant changes.

It is estimated that the annual rates of increase in the population of New Commonwealth and Pakistani ethnic origin in recent years have been between 4 and 5 per cent. The latest projections of this population indicate that the percentage rate of increase will fall over the next 15 years, the magnitude of the reduction depending on the assumptions made about future levels of fertility and migration. A detailed account of these projections is in Population Trends 16, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.