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Citizenship

Volume 21: debated on Monday 5 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for British citizenship were (a) received and (b) granted in 1981 in each of the following categories (i) naturalisation, (ii) registration by children, (iii) registration at discretion for adults and (iv) registration by entitlement for adults.

The information is as follows:

1981
Number of applications for citizenship of the United Kingdom and ColoniesCertificates issued
(a) Naturalisation9,7146,044
(b) Registration of minor children12,33115,853
(c) Registration at discretion of adult Commonwealth citizens and others settled here since 1 January 19736,6361,177
(d) Registration as an entitlement on grounds of residence or marriage40,69025,406
(e) Other miscellaneous applications as entitlements and at discretion721856

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what types of public offices application forms for British citizenship are available; and if he intends to increase the number of public outlets.

Application forms for citizenship of the United Kingdom and Colonies are available from the Home Office immigration and nationality department and can be obtained by writing or telephoning to that department or by calling at its public inquiry office at Croydon. We see no need to increase the number of public outlets.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider exempting from fee payment applicants for British citizenship whose income is at or below the current supplementary benefit rate or who are eligible for the family income supplement.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to a question by the hon. Member for Middleton and Prestwich (Mr. Callaghan) on 2 February—[Vol. 17, c. 94.]