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British Nationality: Greater London

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many residents of (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) the London Borough of Bexley and (c) London gained full citizenship in each year since 1997. (245461)

Specific data on the number of residents of Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency who have acquired British citizenship since 1997 are not available.

The relevant available data refers to the number of people attending British citizenship ceremonies. Those attending such ceremonies may not necessarily be resident within the area of the authority conducting the ceremony. Such data are only captured for citizenship ceremonies attended since 2005 as the requirement to attend such a ceremony was not introduced in law until 2004. It is not possible to separately identify parliamentary constituencies within data because information regarding location is based on the reporting authority.

Ceremonies are organised by county or local authorities for successful applicants over 18 years of age. The data therefore exclude some grants to applicants under 18.

Data relating to the number of British citizenship ceremonies attended in Greater London and the London borough of Bexley between 2005 and 2007 are shown in the table.

National Statistics on persons granted British citizenship are published annually in Home Office Statistical Bulletins. The latest publication may be obtained from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/hosb0508.pdf

Data regarding British citizenship decisions and ceremonies attended in 2008 are scheduled for publication in May 2009.

Persons attending a British citizenship ceremony by selected region and authority 2005-071

Number of persons

2005

2006(R)

2007(P)

Greater London region

63,045

56,995

61,690

Of which:

Bexley

605

550

605

1 A ceremony organised by county or local authorities for successful applicants over 18 years of age for British citizenship.