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British Citizenship

Volume 687: debated on Wednesday 29 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 2 November (WA 49), why the average waiting time for citizenship applications under the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997 is the only category that is not tracked; and whether they will now do so and publish the average waiting time on the “Applying for British Nationality” website. [HL302]

This information is not currently readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. We are planning to improve our IT systems for dealing with these applications and one of the benefits will be the ability to publish waiting time information for these applications.