HC Deb 01 March 1973 vol 851 cc398-9W
Mr. Latham

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the provisions of the immigration rules regarding grand patriality are intended to extend to descendants of citizens of the Irish Republic who were British nationals before 1920.

Mr. Lane

For the purpose of the provisions of the immigration rules relating to Commonwealth citizens who have a grandparent born in the United Kingdom, birth anywhere in Great Britain or Ireland before 31st March 1922 will be regarded as birth in the United Kingdom. This is in accordance with the provision made in regard to patriality by Section 2(3)(c) of the Immigration Act 1971. But to benefit from these provisions of the immigration rules the descendant must himself be a citizen of another Commonwealth country.