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Eire Citizens

Volume 416: debated on Tuesday 20 November 1945

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if citizens of Eire are eligible for entry into the British Civil Service.

Yes, Sir; on equal terms with other British subjects.

Can the hon. Gentleman give any logical explanation why citizens of an independent Republic should be allowed to become members of His Majesty's Civil Service?

The short answer is that citizens of Eire enjoy British citizenship and are members, like others, of the British Commonwealth.

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that there is no question of divided loyalty in cases of this kind?

Is my hon. Friend aware that large numbers of citizens of Eire fought in the war, and therefore arc entitled to take employment of this description?