HC Deb 27 July 1936 vol 315 cc1069-70
15. Mr. DAY

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action he has taken in cases which have been brought to his notice where British Indians have been unable to dispose of the land owned and held by them in the United States of America which was in their possession prior to the decision laid down by the Supreme Court of the United States of America in 1923; and whether British Indians are now allowed to be naturalised and acquire citizenship in the United States?


Representations were made to the United States Government in 1923 and 1924 with a view to giving Indian land holders affected by the Supreme Court's decision time to dispose of their property. No cases have been brought to my notice where British Indians have been unable to do so, but I am making inquiries. With regard to the second part of the question, subject to certain exceptions in the case of persons who served in the United States Forces during the War, persons of Indian race are not, so far as I am aware, eligible for naturalisation in the United States.


Are British Indians now permitted to dispose of their property if a purchaser can be found?


This regulation was made in 1923, and I have heard no complaints.