§ 1. Major Tufton Beamish
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British citizens were granted Soviet citizenship each year since the Russian Revolution; how many are living in Russia today; and whether he will take steps to assist such men and women who wish to become British citizens again to do so.
§ The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Ede)
The information asked for in the first two parts of the Question is not available, but my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs is making inquiry of the Russian authorities, who alone are in a position to furnish this information. As regards the last part of the Question, it is not possible under our law to naturalise persons of British origin residing abroad 328 who have acquired a foreign nationality and do not possess the necessary qualifications of residence in this country.