HC Deb 19 June 1924 vol 174 cc2291-4

asked the Home Secretary the number of natural-

STATEMENT of the previous Nationalities of the 392 Persons Naturalised in the First Five Months of 1924.
Nationality. January. February. March. April. May. Total.
American 2 2 4 1 7 16
Argentine 1 1
Armenian 1 1
Austrian 1 2 3
Belgian 4 2 2 1 1 10
Brazilian 1 1
Czecho Slovakian 2 1 4 2 1 10
Danish 4 1 1 3 9
Dutch 3 3 1 3 10
Egyptian 1 1 1 3
Esthonian 1 1 2
French 4 4 3 3 1 15
German 3 7 1 11
Greek 1 1
Italian 3 2 2 1 1 9
Latvian 1 1
Lithuanian 1 1 1 3
Norwegian 2 1 1 1 5
Ottoman 1 1 2
Peruvian 1 1
Polish 18 5 2 11 8 44
Portuguese 1 1
Roumanian 3 3 2 1 1 10
Russian 38 25 31 29 29 152
Serbian 1 1
Spanish 1 1
Swedish 3 2 1 3 9
Swiss 3 3 3 1 10
Naturalised British Subject in Cape of Good Hope. 1 1
Naturalised British Subject in Fiji. 1 1
No nationality 9 11 14 7 4 45
Uncertain 2 1 3
106 76 79 64 67 392
The above include 42 cases of re-admission to British nationality: males, 4; females, 38.

isation certificates which have been granted in the course of the present year up to 31st May; and whether he will specify the nationalities of those thus accorded naturalisation?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Arthur Henderson)

Particulars of the certificates of naturalisation granted in [...]his country, including information as to the previous nationalities of the grantees, are published every month in the "London Gazette." The number of certificates granted in the first five months of the present year was 392. As the analysis of the various nationalities involves some 30 different headings, I propose to circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the information referred to:


asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that the annual Return of aliens who have been naturalised does not contain the full addresses of such persons, with the result that British-born persons of similar names but of different addresses are frequently annoyed by being confused with naturalised persons; and will he in future cause the full addresses to be printed in the annual Returns?


I am aware that the annual returns of persons to whom certificates of naturalisation have been granted do not contain the full addresses of such persons at the date of their naturalisation; but I have no knowledge of any annoyance caused thereby to British-born subjects who happen to bear similar names. If there are any such cases they could not, in my opinion, be cured by the suggestion in the last part of the question, which would, further, greatly increase the bulk and expense of the annual return by the repetition of details which would in many cases be out of date, and I am not prepared to adopt it.


Has the right hon. Gentleman any objections except on the ground of expense?


None whatever.


asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that in the advertisements published by the Home Office inviting those who know any reason why naturalisation should not be granted to certain aliens to inform him of the facts, only the names of such aliens and not their addresses are given; and will he in future, for the better information of the public from whom communications are requested, insert the full addresses of the aliens seeking naturalisation?


No, Sir. Advertisements of applications for naturalisation are published not by the Home Office but by the applicants themselves under directions from the Home Office. These directions make it clear that the advertisement must include the address of the applicant, and this is, in fact, the practice.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, in fact, the applicants do not give their addresses, and that in a recent advertisement, issued. apparently by the Home Office, no indication whatever that it has been issued by the applicant?


I should be pleased if the hon. Member will send me the advertisement.


Are these Regulations that are applied to aliens the same in regard to poor persons as to rich persons?


They are the same, and I endeavour to the best of my ability to make the administration impartial.