§ Lord Avebury
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will place in the Library of the House a summary of the registration and naturalisation record, demographic surveys and passport records, together with any other information available, which were used in estimating the number of United Kingdom passport holders in Malaysia, together with any arithmetical calculations applied to the relevant information for the purpose of arriving at the estimate.
§ Lord Trefgarne
It would not be possible to classify and summarise the registration and naturalisation records without disproportionate cost. Nor is it possible to record specific demographic surveys and other information which formed the basis of the estimates of the number of citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies in Malaysia at various times in recent years.
These figures have been in the broad range of 1.3 million citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies who also have Malaysian citizenship and 110–130,000 citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies who have no other citizenship—the latter composed of an estimated 20,000 registered under Section 6(1) of the British Nationality Act 1948, and 9,000 naturalised as citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies, mostly prior to independence, and an estimated 100,000 citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies under Section 12(3) of the British Nationality Act 1948. It is not possible to be more accurate.
House adjourned at half past ten o'clock.