§ 51. Mrs. L. Jeger
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why, under his regulations, he requires the marriage certificate of the parents of an Australian-born applicant, domiciled in the United Kingdom, for a British passport.
§ The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Selwyn Lloyd)
A British subject born in Australia would normally be an Australian and not a United Kingdom citizen, even if domiciled here, and 1773 would not be entitled to a United Kingdom passport. The parents' marriage certificate is required in order to establish that a person who was born outside the United Kingdom and Colonies is a United Kingdom citizen by legitimate descent.
§ Mrs. Jeger
Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman saying that if the parents of the applicant have not been married, a passport will be withheld?