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British Citizenship

Volume 690: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether children of British mothers born overseas before 1961 are excluded from British citizenship, whereas those born subsequently have rights of citizenship equal to those of the children of British fathers; and, if so, whether they have any plans to change this policy. [HL2338]

Since 1 January 1983, women have been able to pass on their citizenship to their children born overseas in the same way as men. Prior to that date, citizenship could be transmitted only through a British father. It was announced on 7 February 1979 that children aged under 18 of UK-born mothers could be registered as British citizens. In recognition of this, there is provision within the current nationality legislation for the registration of all such children born between 7 February 1961 and 1 January 1983. There are no plans to extend this provision to those born before that date.