HC Deb 14 September 1914 vol 66 c760
15. Sir J. D. REES

asked the Home Secretary if he can say how many certificates of naturalisation have been granted to Germans and Austrians who made their applications upon, or just before, the outbreak of the War; and whether any such certificates are now being granted to such nationals resident in this country who applied in such circumstances?


As I stated last Thursday, twelve certificates of naturalisation have been granted to Germans since the war began; three certificates have been granted to Austrians and Hungarians. The Act gives me full discretion to grant or refuse such certificates as I think most conducive to the public good, and this consideration guides me whether the applications were made before or after the outbreak of war.

Sir J. D. REES

Is it the case that when a person is naturalised in England he is not required to renounce allegiance to his own country; and, if that is so, is not England exceptional in that respect?


I should have to have notice of that question.