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British Nationality

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2009, Official Report, column 280W, on British nationality, under what circumstances a requirement to attend a citizenship ceremony would have national security implications sufficient to give grounds to exempt an applicant from attendance. (254349)

Citizenship ceremonies are public events often attended by many people. Exemption may be considered appropriate where, for example, it is deemed necessary to protect the identity of the person becoming British and ensure his or her safety.