HC Deb 18 November 1968 vol 773 c221W
92. Mr. John Wells

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what authority his Department have ruled that Mr. Donnison, of Chart Sutton, Maidstone, is a stateless person although he was born of British parents in British India, served in the Dorset regiment and has held a British passport.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

The information in my possession indicates that Mr. Donnison was not born in British India but in a Native State and, while the determination of his nationality is a matter for a court of law, it is not clear that he has a claim to British nationality by descent. I am, however, in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, examining whether Mr. Donnison can be enabled to qualify for a British passport; and I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as this examination has been completed.