HC Deb 05 October 1944 vol 403 cc1143-4W
Mr. Pritt

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will reconsider his decision not to entertain applications for naturalisation by enemy subjects during the war and will proceed now to examine such exceptional cases as arise among persons with long anti-Nazi records and good service to this country in the Armed Forces or other important capacity.

Mr. H. Morrison

The current policy of suspension of naturalisation has at no time been confined to operate only against enemy subjects. It has equally affected nationals of Allied or neutral States, very many of whom have given valuable aid to the Allied cause in various capacities. As I have previously stated, in view of the need for concentrating the services of the Home Office staff and of the police on work which is essential in wartime, naturalisation has had to be suspended except as regards applications from British born women and a few exceptional cases where an individual's immediate naturalisation is required in the national interest for special purposes connected with the war effort.

Sir J. Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the children of refugees from Nazi oppression who have only been granted temporary hospitality in this country acquire-British nationality by reason of having been born in this country.

Mr. H. Morrison

Yes, Sir. The national status of persons born in His Majesty's Dominions is not affected by the fact that their parents may only be there temporarily.

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