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British Nationality

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for British nationality through naturalisation were made in each of the last three years. (322988)

The following table provides the number of naturalisation applications that were made in the last three years.

Applications for naturalisation as a British citizen received, 2007-09

Case type

Number of persons

2007

Naturalisation

113,595

2008

Naturalisation

115,890

2009

Naturalisation

1142,615

1 Provisional figures. Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

The information has been provided from local management information and is not a National Statistic. As such, it should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which British nationality application forms may be requested over the telephone. (322989)

Of the 16 application forms used for British nationality only forms AN and MN1 may currently be requested by telephone. The others are available by downloading from the UK Border Agency website.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications by children for British nationality were made in each of the last three years. (322990)

The following table provides the current number of children applying for British nationality made in the last three years.

Minor applications for British citizenship received 2007-09

Case type

Number of persons

2007

Minor children

38,340

2008

Minor children

36,565

20091

Minor children

47,385

1 Provisional figures.

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

2. Minor children are all children under 18 years old.

The information has been provided from local management information and is not a National Statistic. As such, it should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people requested nationality application forms by telephone in each of the last three years. (322991)

There are no records of the number of people requesting nationality application forms by telephone. The number of calls answered in response to requests for application forms were:

Number

April 2007-March 2008

114,198

April 2008-March 2009

108,447

April 2009-to date

95,281

The information has been provided from local management information and is not National Statistic. As such, it should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the decision was taken not to supply hard copies of British nationality application forms AN and MN1 and related guidance notes to people requesting them on the telephone; and what the reasons were for the decision. (322993)

The decision not to continue to supply hard copies of nationality forms AN and MN1 was taken on 12 February 2010. Most nationality forms are already available only by downloading from the UK Border Agency website and work is underway towards online application. Most applications are already made on forms accessed from the website. Discontinuing the supply of hardcopy forms AN and MN1 will save the agency in excess of £500,000 per annum.