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Naturalisation Applications

Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for naturalisation were received in 1975, 1976, 1977 and to the latest available date in 1978, respectively; how many were granted and how many

1975197619771978 (to end of October
Number of new applications received*4,2593,8273,8085,275
Number of applications granted3,4422,5512,6461,316
Number of applications refused477450343184
Reasons for refusal†—
(a) Failure to meet statutory residential requirements etc.22719113667
(b) Failure to meet requirements as to character (criminal record, bankruptcy, insolvency, dubious business or other record, deception, etc.)681268154
(c) Failure to meet language requirements51494319
(d) Failure to meet requirements as to future residential intentions751128841
(e) Other reasons611914
*Excludes applications re-opened after earlier postponement of the decision for one or two years.
†An application may be refused for more than one reason. The number of people refused in any one year will therefore not necessarily agree with the total of reasons for that year.