HC Deb 04 May 1939 vol 346 cc2050-1
30. Wing-Commander James

asked the Home Secretary whether, having regard to the recent tendency for the number of persons granted British nationality to rise above the last decennial average of 1,745 per year, and having regard to the growing public feeling upon alien questions, he will consider the appointment of a strong independent advisory committee to assist and advise the Home Office in their task of discrimination?

Sir S. Hoare

I do not think that there would be any advantage in the appointment of an advisory committee for this purpose. Every application for a certificate of naturalisation is at present examined with great care in order to ensure that British nationality shall only be granted to those worthy of the privilege, and, as I explained in reply to a question by my hon. Friend on 28th April, an increase or decrease in the annual figures does not imply that there has been any change in the standard of qualification.