HC Deb 29 February 1928 vol 214 cc433-4W

asked the Home Secretary whether steps are taken to prevent an alien assuming a name other than his original one, the one he bore when he arrived in this country, without notification to the proper authorities, and later, when he applies for naturalisation, taking the assumed name for his own without payment of the fee for change of name?


An alien is not at liberty, whether with or without notification, to use a name other than that by which he was ordinarily known on 4th August, 1914, without exemption from the provisions of Section 7 of the Aliens Restriction (Amendment) Act, 1919, and due steps are taken to enforce the law. As regards the second part of the question, the use of any name other than that under which an alien applies is one of the points which is investigated in the course of the usual inquiries into applications for naturalisation and the result is taken into account in the decision as to whether a certificate should be granted or refused. If a certificate is granted the applicant becomes a British subject and is not bound by the law applicable to aliens.