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Volume 23: debated on Friday 14 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer given to the hon. Member for Birkenhead on 6 April, Official Report, c. 273, what would be (a) the price and (b) the percentage increase in fees for British citizenship if the fee were still payable on the acquisition of citizenship rather than upon application for citizenship.

It is estimated that to have retained the system of payment of the fee only on approval of an application for citizenship could have necessitated increases of 80 per cent., and hence a fee of £270 for naturalisation and discretionary registration, £90 for miscellaneous registrations, mainly entitlements, and £45 for minors.