§ 55. Mr. Osborne
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that under the Second Schedule to the British Nationality Act, 1948, an alien may apply for naturalisation after residence in a Colony of one continuous year and an aggregate of four years out of the previous seven; and how many of the 780,000 Chinese refugees now in Hong Kong are already so qualified to apply.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
The answer to the first part of the question is "Yes." No information is available about the number of Chinese refugees qualified by residence to apply for naturalisation. The total number of people of Chinese race (including refugees) who have applied for184W naturalisation since 1945 is 1,434. The number of certificates of naturalisation so far granted is 814.