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Malaysia

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether British overseas citizens from the Malaysian states of (a) Penang and (b) Malacca have ever been granted some form of leave to remain in the UK on claiming their rights to live in the UK; and whether there has been a change of policy in the last three years in each case. (94762)

The requested information cannot be obtained without examination of individual records at a disproportionate cost. British overseas citizens (BOC) do not have a right to live in the UK unless they qualify under another immigration category providing they can accommodate and maintain themselves adequately. Under the 2002 Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act, 12(1) and (2), they are entitled to register as British citizens if BOC is the only status or nationality they have and they have not voluntarily renounced any other citizenship that was theirs. There has been no change in policy in the last three years.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals have been granted by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal against refusals to grant leave to remain to British overseas citizens from the Malaysian states of Penang and Malacca in each of the last five years. (94763)

I have been asked to reply.

The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) does not hold information on appeals brought against refusals to grant leave to remain to British overseas citizens. We are unable to provide the information requested without incurring disproportionate costs.

Provisional information shows that of 5,859 appeals brought against a decision to curtail, refuse to extend or vary leave to remain and promulgated in the period April to June 2006, 28 per cent. (1,644) were granted. It is not possible to specify the immigration decision being appealed.