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Immigration: Gurkhas

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Ministers in her Department have had meetings with (a) Gurkha and (b) other ex-servicemen’s organisations on the immigration status of Gurkhas and their right to apply for British citizenship. (197020)

There have been no recent meetings between Home Office Ministers and Gurkha and other ex-servicemen’s organisations on the immigration status of Gurkhas and their right to apply for British citizenship.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Gurkhas who served in the Brigade of Gurkhas before 1997 have been granted UK (a) residency and (b) citizenship; (197021)

(2) how many Gurkhas who retired from the Brigade of Gurkhas since 1997 have been granted UK (a) residency and (b) citizenship; and what percentage of eligible persons this represents.

I refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend’s reply of 18 March 2008, Official Report, columns 935-36W.