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Volume 115: debated on Thursday 30 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average time now taken in dealing with an application for naturalisation.

Applications for naturalisation as a British citizen granted in March 1987 had taken an average of 16 months to complete. Very much less time is taken to complete applications for registration. Applications for registration completed in March 1987 had taken on average five months to complete.