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British Citizenship

Volume 690: debated on Tuesday 20 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answers by Lord Triesman on 7 March (WA 50) and Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 6 March (WA 25), whether they can explain the basis on which a Nepalese law which was enacted in November 2006 can have the effect of changing whether or not a person held British Dependent Territories citizenship in February 1997 or depriving a person of British Overseas citizenship that has already been conferred on that person ipso jure on 1 July 1997; and whether they will place in the Library of the House an English translation of the relevant Nepalese law and any other information they hold pertaining to it. [HL2594]

The current stock letters referred to in the Written Answer I gave to the noble Lord on 7 March (Official Report, col. WA 50), do not contain any suggestion that the recently enacted Nepalese law has a bearing on the automatic acquisition of British Overseas citizenship on 1 July 1997. We continue to await Nepalese approval of the record of the meeting on 22 November 2006 which sought to establish the eligibility for Nepalese citizenship on 1 July 1997 of persons of Nepalese origin, who immediately prior to that date, had been British Dependent Territories citizens.

Once we have received the English translation of the Nepalese law, we will place this, and other relevant information, in the Library of the House.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Triesman on 7 March (WA 50), whether they will publish in the Official Report for ease of reference the provision of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986 which confers British Overseas citizenship to those who were left stateless on 1 July 1997, together with paragraph 25 of the Nationality Provisions of the Hong Kong Act 1985, Cmnd. 9637, laid before Parliament in October 1985. [HL2595]

An incorrect reference was made in the Written Answer of 7 March (Official Report, col. WA 50), to the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997 as conferring British Overseas citizenship on those who were left stateless on 1 July 1997. The Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986 determined who would become a British Overseas citizen on 1 July 1997 by virtue of a Hong Kong connection. A copy of paragraph 25 of the nationality provisions of the Hong Kong Act 1985 will be placed in the Library of the House.