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Nationality Registration

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 9 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those journals in which he has recently advertised details of how to apply for British nationality by registration; if information that such an option will cease on 31 December 1987 was included; and what steps he took to ascertain the level of readership by different ethnic minority groups of such journals.

Details of how to apply for British nationality by registration were advertised in 55 local newspapers and 11 ethnic minority papers in March of this year. A further advertisement was placed in 29 local papers and 10 ethnic papers in September of this year. Lists of the newspapers are as follows.The local advertising was placed in newspapers which cover areas with high concentrations of ethnic minorities, as indentified from data provided by the Office of Population Censuses and Survey.The local and the ethnic minority press serving these areas were identified in consultation with a specialist ethnic minority advertising agency.The advertisements drew attention to those options to apply for British nationality by registration which will cease on 31 December 1987.

Advertisements in March 1987 appeared in:—

  • Barnet Independent
  • Birmingham Daily News
  • Birmingham Evening Mail
  • Blackburn Citizen
  • Bradford Star
  • Bradford Telegraph & Argos
  • Brent Leader
  • Cardiff Post
  • Coventry Citizen
  • Coventry Weekly News
  • Croydon Post
  • Croydon Comet
  • Derby Trader
  • Ealing Leader
  • Ealing Recorder
  • Enfield Advertiser
  • Greenwich Mercury
  • Hackney Echo
  • Hackney Gazette
  • (Hammersmith) West London Leader
  • Haringey Advertiser
  • Haringey Independent
  • Harrow Leader
  • Hillingdon Leader
  • Hounslow Informer
  • Hounslow Chronicle Extra
  • Ilford Independent
  • Islington Gazette
  • (Kirkless) Huddersfield Daily Examiner
  • (Kirkless) Huddersfield Weekly News
  • Lambeth Streatham Guardian
  • Lewisham & Sydenham Comet
  • Lewisham & Catford Mercury
  • Leeds Weekly News
  • Leicester Mail
  • Leicester Trader
  • Manchester Advertiser
  • Manchester A.M.
  • Merton and Wimbledon Informer
  • Newham Recorder
  • Nottingham Trader
  • Preston Citizen
  • Reading Standard
  • Sandwell Trader
  • Sheffield Weekly Gazette
  • Slough Express Midweek
  • Southwark Sparrow
  • Stratford and Newham Express
  • Streatham and Lambeth Comet
  • Waltham Forest Extra
  • Waltham Fellow Advertiser
  • Wandsworth and Putney Guardian
  • Harrow and Wembley Recorder
  • Ilford Yellow Advertiser
  • Barnet Borough Times
  • Voice
  • Gleaner
  • Caribbean Times
  • Asian Times
  • New Life
  • Surma Bengali News
  • Daily Jang
  • Guvari Gujarati
  • Punjabi Times
  • Amar Deep
  • African Times

Advertisements on 10 September 1987 appeared in:

  • Birmingham Daily News
  • Glasgow Evening Times
  • Daily Jang
  • African Times
  • Bristol Observer
  • Barnet Independent
  • Blackburn Citizen
  • Bradford Star
  • Cardiff Post
  • Coventry Citizen
  • Croydon Advertiser & Post
  • Derby Trader
  • Ealing Leader
  • Edinburgh Advertiser
  • Hackney Gazette
  • Haringey Advertiser
  • Harrow Leader
  • Hounslow Informer
  • Huddersfield News
  • Leeds Weekly News
  • Lewisham & Catford Mercury
  • Leicester Mail
  • Manchester Advertiser—West
  • Nottingham Trader
  • Putney & Wandsworth Guardian
  • Slough Observer Midweek
  • South London Press
  • Stratford & Newham Express News
  • Waltham Forest Extra
  • Brent Leader
  • Amar Deep
  • Caribbean Times
  • Garavi Gujarati
  • Ravi Asian Newspaper
  • Surma Bengali News Weekly
  • Weekly Gleaner
  • Des Pardes
  • Stardust

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to extend the deadline of 31 December registration of British nationality in the event of interruption to the postal service.

We have no power to extend the deadline. There is, however, limited power to consider late applications on their individual merits.