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Volume 931: debated on Wednesday 11 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish in the Official Report what action is required to be taken by British residents of Polish origin who came to fight for Great Britain in the Second World War and who are currently deprived of the vote in the country that has become their home, before they can attain United Kingdom citizenship; what is the cost involved; and if, in respect of those with more than 30 years' residence in the United Kingdom, he will waive these charges, which are not applied to much more recently arrived citizens of the Commonwealth and the Irish Republic.

In order to qualify for a certificate of naturalisation, a national must satisfy the requirements laid down in Section 10 of the Second Schedule to the British Nationality Act 1948.The fee for the grant of a certificate is £70, An applicant also has to meet the cost of inserting advertisements in local newspapers, and if his application is witnessed by a commissioner for oaths or notary public there is a fee of £1, as there is also on the taking of the oath of allegiance.My right hon. Friend has concluded, as have his predecessors who have considered the matter, that it would not be practicable to exempt particular classes of applicant from the obligation to pay fees, which are applied towards the cost of dealing with applications.Since April 1975 Commonwealth citizens and citizens of the Republic of Ireland have paid fees for registration. The current fee for registration at the discretion of the Home Secretary is £35.

INDICTABLE OFFENCES RECORDED AS KNOWN TO THE POLICE AND INDICTABLE OFFENCES CLEARED UP—BYOFFENCE GROUP METROPOLITAN POLICE DISTRICT
Numbers and percentage
19711972
Recorded as knownCleared upPercentage cleared upRecorded as knownCleared upPercentage cleared up
Violence against the person7,7785,608728,2615,88871
Sexual offences2,7261,965722,6861,86870
Burglary79,89816,0132079,22415,61120
Robbery2,727966353,1671,03233
Theft and handling stolen goods220,35157,11626220,92458,36226
Fraud and forgery25,30517,6617031,78722,03969
Criminal damage5,9361,349237,9012,21628
Other offences3733499449546895
Total345,094101,02729354,445107,48430
Numbers and percentages
19731974
Recorded as knownCleared upPercentage cleared upRecorded as knownCleared upPercentage cleared up
Violence against the person9,3686,699729,5856,44467
Sexual offences2,9992,087702,9902,09670
Burglary74,19213,6421888,16314,95517
Robbery2,680920343,15190329
Theft and handling stolen goods223,21057,59826265,20766,17925
Fraud and forgery31,99521,2936730,08019,50065
Criminal damage10,2693,0523014,0793,78327
Other offences5375069454449791
Total355,250105,79730413,799114,35728
Numbers and percentages
1975
Recorded as knownCleared upPercentage cleared up
Violence against the person10,9676,82462
Sexual offences2,5501,66065
Burglary99,57915,10715
Robbery4,4521,14726
Theft and handling stolen goods285,98065,94323
Fraud and forgery30,82520,48366
Criminal damage17,7404,40325
Other offences48542988
Total452,578115,99626
The statistics for 1976 are not yet available.