HC Deb 21 September 1915 vol 74 cc311-2
58. Mr. R. McNEILL

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to a notice to persons of German origin living out of Germany, recently circulated through the German wireless press agency, instructing such persons that even if naturalised in foreign states, except in the United States of America, they do not thereby lose their German citizenship; and whether he will introduce legislation to provide that no naturalisation in this country shall he effective in the case of any person who, notwithstanding such naturalisation, retains citizenship in his country of origin?


This subject is not being overlooked, but it involves difficult questions both of private international law and of policy, and legislation upon it could not be undertaken while the War is in progress. The naturalisation of German subjects, however, is of course practically in abeyance, save in the case of British-born widows.


Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the desirability of taking powers to revoke certificates of naturalisation in proper cases?


Yes; I think that that would really come within the scope of what is being considered.