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Falkland Islands

Volume 22: debated on Monday 19 April 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has discretionary powers to permit all citizens of British dependent territories from the Falkland Islands to settle in the United Kingdom with restriction.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, having regard to the fact that the British Nationality Act does not become law until early in 1983, he will introduce amending legislation so that those Falkland Islanders who are meantime classified as citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies without the right of abode in the United Kingdom unless their parents or grandparents were born in the United Kingdom, will be classified as British citizens and not citizens of the British dependent territories without right to abode in the United Kingdom, when the new Nationality Act comes into operation.

I have already announced that no Falkland Islander, whether he has the right of abode or not, will have any difficulty over admission to this country. I have no plans for amending legislation but will keep the matter under review.