HC Deb 24 May 1979 vol 967 cc216-7W
Mr. Ian Lloyd

asked the Lord Privy Seal when Mr. Joshua Nkomo was first issued with a British passport; and on how many occasions it has been renewed.

Sir Ian Gilmour

As a citizen of Rhodesia, Mr. Nkomo has no claim to normal United Kingdom passport facilities, but he was issued on 8 February 1975, with a short-term concessionary passport under the special arrangements announced in the House on 17 June 1968 by the then Attorney-General. Passport facilities have been renewed four times since Mr. Nkomo was first granted them.

Mr. Ian Llod

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will list the criteria satified by Mr. Joshua Nkomo in claiming British citizenship.

Sir Ian Gilmour

Mr. Nkomo was born at Matopo in Southern Rhodesia on 7 June 1917. He is therefore a British subject, citizen of Rhodesia. He has made no claim to citizenship of the United Kingdom and Colonies, nor does he have a claim to such citizenship.