§ 91. Mr. Parker
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when Her Majesty's Government propose to ratify the 1961 United Nations Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
§ Mr. Mathew
Her Majesty's Government propose to ratify this Convention as soon as possible.
My noble Friend the Minister of State at the Home Office said in another place on 29th June that Her Majesty's Government would ratify this Convention as soon as the necessary consultations with the overseas territories for which we are responsible had been completed. These consultations have taken place. It is now necessary to amend by Order in Council the British Protectorates, Protected States, and Protected Persons Order, 1949, in order to give to stateless children of British protected persons privileges corresponding to those which will be given to stateless children of citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies by the British Nationality (No. 2) Act when it comes into force in September. The preparation of this Order in Council is in progress.