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Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the requirement is for the retention of papers relating to interviews and processing of naturalisation requests; and if he will make a statement. (94729)

[holding answer 17 October 2006]: Naturalisation applicants are not routinely interviewed. Papers relating to the processing of applications are retained on file indefinitely.

Ministers are currently considering proposals for a retention and destruction policy for all Immigration and Nationality Directorate applicants’ files, which would include files on those applying for naturalisation.