HC Deb 07 August 1947 vol 441 cc175-6W
8. Mr. Hutchinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the procedure followed by his Department in considering applications for naturalisation.

Mr. Ede

An applicant for naturalisation is required to have certain statutory qualifications, namely, five years' Crown service or residence in this country or in His Majesty's dominions; good character; and adequate knowledge of the English language; and the intention to reside in His Majesty's dominions. No special pro- cedure is followed by my Department but careful inquiries are made to check these qualifications and to satisfy me that the applicant is one whose character and general background render him suitable for naturalisation.