§ 56. Colonel Sir A. HOLBROOK
asked the Home Secretary if he will give the date of the petition for naturalisation presented by Mr. F. A. Szarvassy, a director of the British, Foreign, and Colonial Corporation, Limited, and the date on which the application was granted; and why the naturalisation of this alien of an enemy country was proceeded with while the Home Office is still unable to consider applications presented in August, 1914, by friendly aliens of long residence in this country?
§ Mr. SHORTT
It is the practice, expressly recognised by the Statute, that reasons are not given by Secretaries of State for their decisions in regard to naturalisation. But I think in this case I ought to explain that there were special business reasons of benefit to this country.