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Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to include provisions in the Immigration and Citizenship Bill to give British nationals who are not British citizens entitlement to full British citizenship. (244735)

I have been asked to reply.

There is provision with nationality law for the registration of those with another form of British nationality to be registered as “full” British citizens. If a person lives in the United Kingdom for a period of five years, and meets certain residence requirements, he or she can apply for registration.

The Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 also introduced a registration provision under which British overseas citizens, British subjects and British protected persons can be registered as British citizens if they do not possess another nationality. Similar provision exists under the British nationality Hong Kong Act 1997 for the registration of British nationals who would otherwise be stateless and are ordinarily resident in Hong Kong.

We have no plans to extend these provisions within the forthcoming legislation.