HC Deb 09 July 1959 vol 608 c149W
67. Mr. Turton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that Chinese refugees in Hong Kong who are anxious to come to the United Kingdom to obtain domestic employment, are being refused facilities for this purpose on the ground that they are not of British nationality, and that they cannot obtain British nationality until they have obtained such employment; and whether he will revise this policy.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The grant of British nationality to aliens in Hong Kong is, subject to possession of the statutory qualifications for naturalisation, at the discretion of the Governor; and employment in the United Kingdom is not a necessary qualification. Nor is refusal of permission to a person of Chinese origin to enter the United Kingdom based on the fact that he is not of British nationality.