asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any progress has been made in regard to the granting of British nationality to descendants of British citizens born in Japan; whether, seeing that such people, being of purely British descent, are entitled to look solely to the British Government for a settlement of this matter, and as their interests are confined to a definition of their position as regards their mother country, further delay will be avoided with regard to this practically agreed subject; and can he say when the necessary adjustment of the law may be looked for?
I have been asked to reply. The hon. Member's point is met by the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Bill, which my right hon. Friend introduced yesterday.
May we look for that Bill being passed this Session?
We hope so. We introduced it with that intention.
Can the hon. and gallant Gentleman say when it will be put forward for Second Reading, as it is of a non-contentious nature?
That question should be addressed to the Leader of the House.