HC Deb 07 March 1945 vol 408 cc2018-9
46. Commander Locker-Lampson

asked the Prime Minister whether the offer of British citizenship to Poles who serve with us will be extended to Norwegians similarly placed.

Mr. Eden

In his speech on 27th-February my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said that he hoped that it might be possible after consultation with the Dominions to offer British citizenship to any Polish troops who had fought with us who might feel themselves unable or unwilling to return to Poland. I am not aware of any need or wish on the part of Norwegians for special facilities for the acquisition of British citizenship.

Miss Rathbone

In view of the danger to our future security as a great Power, arising from the impending steep decline in our population, should we not welcome the naturalisation of desirable people of whatever nationality, as a means of adding ready-made citizens to our population without the cost of rearing them?

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