HC Deb 15 April 1937 vol 322 c1203W
Mr. Logan

asked the Home Secretary whether he is able to state under what regulation Armenians, Turks, and other nationalities are attesting before Liverpool magistrates that they are British subjects, and such declaration is being accepted as proof of British citizenship?

Sir J. Simon

There is no law or regulation under which an attestation by an alien that he is a British subject could be accepted as proof of such change of status. Persons to whom certificates of naturalisation are granted are required to take an oath of allegiance before the naturalisation becomes effective, and possibly the hon. Member is referring to persons who take such oaths before a magistrate—though I cannot find that there have been any Turks or Armenians among the persons in Liverpool who have been naturalised this year.