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Dual Nationality

Volume 490: debated on Friday 27 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2009, Official Report, column 116W, on dual nationality, where the information requested is held; and if she will collect and publish it. (267361)

There is no requirement under the British Nationality Act 1981 for a person to renounce their previous nationality when acquiring British citizenship. Nor is there any bar on holding another nationality at the same time as British citizenship, for example where one nationality is held by birth and the other by descent.

The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) does not request information about applicant's dual nationality as part of the application for a British passport there is, therefore, no information held by the IPS or Home Office to provide a response to this question.

Furthermore if a British passport holder subsequently gains the nationality of another country they are not required to inform the IPS or the Home Office.