HC Deb 14 June 1973 vol 857 c347W
Mr. Powell

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what grounds he decided to give priority to civil servants' applications as against other applications for registration as citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies.

Mr. Lane

In the context of the Pakistan Bill, priority is being given to applications for registration by civil servants and others who hold offices barred to aliens by statute. This is to ensure that those whose applications are granted will not be forced to give up their employment at the end of the six months' grace period provided by the Bill because their cases have not been dealt with in time.