§ Mr. David Nicholson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give the total number of non-United Kingdom nationals admitted for settlement in the United Kingdom in each year since 1982, indicating whether these originated in(a) the new Commonwealth, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) eastern Europe and (d) elsewhere; and if he will give an estimate of what proportion of this total was of working age.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
The numbers of persons accepted for settlement in the United Kingdom, by nationality, are published in table 14 of the Home Office Command Paper "Control of Immigration: Statistics, United Kingdom 1990" (Cm 1571) for the years 1982–89 and in table 1 of Home Office Statistical Bulletin Issue 14/93 "Control of280W Immigration: Statistics—Third and Fourth Quarters and Year 1992" for 1990–92. Copies of both these publications are in the Library. These figures do not include citizens of the Republic of Ireland, who are generally able to move freely within the common travel area.
The readily available information on age is for non-EC nationals accepted for settlement on removal of the time limit on their stay (ie subsequent to initial admission for a limited period) in 1992. These acceptances comprised the large majority of total settlement in 1992 (88 per cent.). Around 80 per cent. were aged between 16 and 60.