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Nationality

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forms of registration under the British Nationality Act 1981 have been distributed by the immigration service.

Fewer than 100. But since the British Nationality Act 1981 came into force on 1 January 1983 about 1 million application forms have been issued by the nationality division.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will launch an advertising campaign giving details of British nationality by registration on national and regional television;(2) what steps he took to monitor the effectiveness of recent advertisements giving details of British nationality by registration

(a) in Great Britain and (b) in Manchester before his recent advertising campaign about British nationality;

(3) what information was available to him on the circulation of the "Manchester A.M." and "Manchester Advertiser" newspapers amongst different ethnic minority groups (a) in Greater Manchester and (b) in the inner city wards of the city of Manchester and the wards in the Stretford constituency.

We have no plans to initiate further advertising at this late stage. The circulation of local newspapers and the geographical concentration of local ethnic minorities were taken into account in deciding which papers to use for our paid advertising campaigns, but the available information did not distinguish the ethnic minority readership. The response rate in the first round of advertising was assessed in deciding which newspapers to use in the second round.