HC Deb 14 June 1979 vol 968 c306W
Mr. Spence

asked the Lord Privy Seal why Rhodesia-born adopted children of British citizens are not permitted to be included on their adoptive parents' British passports; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Luce

The adoption overseas of a child by a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies, does not confer United Kingdom citizenship on the child. Consequently, such children would normally be ineligible for United Kingdom passport facilities. However, under the special arrangements for citizens of Rhodesia announced in Parliament on 17 June 1968 by the then Attorney-General, a Rhodesian child may in certain circumstances be included temporarily in the United Kingdom passport of a parent—including an adoptive parent—or may apply for a short-term United Kingdom concessionary passport.

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