§ 56. Captain P. MACDONALD
asked the Home Secretary whether there has been any increased demand for naturalisation from foreign seamen borne in British ships following the recommendation of the Shipping Subsidy Committee that British seamen should be given preference in employment; and what policy it is proposed to adopt with regard to such applications?
The number of applications and of preliminary inquiries received by the Home Office in the first three months of this year indicates that there is an increased demand for naturalisation by seamen. In dealing with such applications my right hon. Friend's policy will be the same as it has been in the past. Each case is considered on its merits, and the question whether naturalisation shall ibe granted or refused to those having the statutory qualifications depends on whether my right hon. Friend is satisfied that the applicant is a suitable person to become a British subject.