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Irish Republic (British Subjects)

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number of British (a) subjects and (b) passport holders presently resident in the Irish Republic. [14050]

[holding answer 3 November 1997]: There is no requirement for British subjects or those persons deemed never to have ceased to be British subjects to register or make themselves known to the British Embassy in Dublin. It is therefore impossible to estimate the number of British subjects resident in the Republic of Ireland. According to the Office for National Statistics, in 1995 there were approximately 50,000 British passport holders resident in the Republic of Ireland.