HC Deb 26 October 1979 vol 972 cc330-1W
Mr. J. Enoch Powell

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will list each Commonwealth country whose citizens' or male citizens' children born in the United Kingdom are entitled under the law of that country to citizenship.

Mr. Blaker

Citizenship laws of Commonwealth countries appear to provide for acquisition of citizenship by a legitimate child born overseas to its citizens who are themselves citizens by birth in the following circumstancesIf both parents are citizens by birth: Ghana, Nauru. If either parent is a citizen by birth: Australia, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Lucia, Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu. If only the father is a citizen by birth: Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, Fiji, The Gambia, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierre Leone, Singapore, Southern Rhodesia, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Uganda, Western Samoa, Zambia.

Where the parent or parents are citizens by descent, the position is more complex.

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