§ Mr. Darling
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for British citizenship under section 4(5) of the British Nationality Act 1981 have been(a) made, (b) granted and (c) refused, in each year since 1983 and to the latest convenient date in 1991; and how many of those granted have been on the grounds of service in the armed forces.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
Information is not readily available in the exact form requested and could be provided in such a way only at disproportionate cost. As at 17 July 1991, the total number of applications received since 1 January 1983 and their disposal is as follows:
Servicemen Others Total Received 61 554 615 Granted 59 13 72 Refused — 532 532 Withdrawn 1 1 2 Still under consideration 1 8 9
Note: The numbers in the first column are former sevicemen in Hong Kong as described in the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, East (Mr. Moynihan) on 23 April 1986 at columns 147–48.