HL Deb 13 May 1974 vol 351 cc857-8WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will confirm that a delegation was sent from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and/or the Home Office to Uganda either late in 1970 or early in 1971 to discuss with the Ugandan Government the question of persons who applied for Ugandan citizenship but failed to qualify for that citizenship because the registration of their renunciation of British nationality was beyond the permitted period of ninety days; whether they will say what resulted from this mission, and whether any proposals had been made then or at any time after 1964 to confer Ugandan citizenship upon this group of people.


Officials from the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office visited Uganda in January 1971 in response to an invitation from President Obote, to discuss citizenship questions. There was a useful exchange of information but owing to the change of Government in Uganda shortly afterwards the interchanges did not reach the stage of proposals. So far as Her Majesty's Government are aware, there has not since 1964 been any change in the Ugandan citizenship law which would have benefited the category of people to whom the noble Lord refers.