HC Deb 21 February 1898 vol 53 c1195
MR. G. KEMP (Heywood)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any local law exists at Gibraltar whereby a natural born subject of Her Majesty upon becoming the widow of an alien is prevented from reverting to her own nationality; whether, if such local law exists, Her Majesty's Government is prepared to introduce legislation to amend it; and whether any instructions can be given to the officer administering the Government of Gibraltar to allow such widows to reside in Gibraltar with their near relatives who are British subjects?


There is no law in Gibraltar which prevents a statutory alien from being re-admitted to British nationality at the discretion of the Governor on complying with the conditions prescribed by the Naturalisation Act. Her Majesty's Government do not propose to interfere with the discretion of the Governor of the Fortress as to the admission of claims to reside in it.