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American Nationals, Burtonwood (British Law)

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement in connection with the agreement he has come to with the United States authorities as to proposed changes of procedure in respect of the application of British law to American nationals at Burtonwood Air Base.

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to statements which appeared in the Press to the effect that wives and dependents of United States service men would no longer be required to register under the Aliens Order, and that they would no longer be required to take the British driving test if they wished to continue to drive after a stay of more than 12 months in this country. These reports arose from a local misunderstanding. No alteration is contemplated in the present arrangements on either of these matters.