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British Citizenship

Volume 693: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the basis for the statement in paragraph 4.9.4 of Chapter 14 Annex D of the Home Office Nationality Instructions that it can be presumed that a person holding a Nepalese citizenship certificate in 1997 while at the same time holding British nationality is a citizen of Nepal, when senior officials of the Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs advised Home Office officials, as recorded in the minutes of the meeting on 22 November 2006, that “the most important thing to remember was that Nepalese citizenship law does not allow for dual nationality in any circumstances” and that a person must “renounce his foreign nationality” before applying for Nepalese citizenship; and [HL4470]

What discussions British officials have had with the Nepalese Consulate-General in Hong Kong; and whether the Consulate-General has agreed that, where appropriate, he is authorised and able to issue written confirmations stating whether or not a person is a citizen of Nepal as contemplated in paragraph 4.9.4.D of Chapter 14 Annex D of the Home Office Nationality Instructions.[HL4471]

Where an applicant has presented a passport or other official document indicating possession of another citizenship at the relevant date, it will be appropriate to ask him or her to obtain further clarification of status from the issuing authority. Notwithstanding the information provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs at the meeting in 2006, it would not be appropriate for British officials simply to assume, without further inquiry, that a citizenship certificate issued by the Nepalese authorities to a person holding British nationality had been issued in error and had no effect under Nepalese law. Officials at the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong have been informed by the Nepalese Consulate-General there that some such certificates have been issued in error.