§ Mr. Stanbrook
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate of the numbers of those Commonwealth citizens and citizens of the Republic of Ireland resident in the United Kingdom who will continue to be entitled to vote at United Kingdom elections but who will not qualify for British citizenship under the terms of the British Nationality Act 1981.
§ Dame Judith Hart
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he proposes to take to publicise information to widows and divorced wives of men who would have qualified for citizenship under the provisions of the Nationality Act that they should register before the Act comes into force.
§ Mr. Raison
There is provision in the British Nationality Act 1981 for the registration at discretion of widows and divorced wives for five years after the Act comes into force. The position will be set out in a leaflet which we hope to issue later this year describing generally the provisions of the Act. It has already been mentioned in the news release issued by the Home Office on 30 October 1981, the date the Act received the Royal Assent.