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Armed Forces: South Africa

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2007, Official Report, column 1033W, on the Armed Forces: South Africa, what steps he is taking to estimate the number of personnel serving in the British Army who have dual British and South African citizenship. (131706)

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: British, Irish or Commonwealth citizens can apply to join the Army, but there is no requirement for personnel with dual nationality to declare this on their Record of Service (ROS). As such, the only way to accurately determine this information, would require asking each and every British and South African national, and would incur disproportionate cost.

However, a check of the ROS has shown that 150 personnel in the Army have declared dual British/South African nationality.