HL Deb 06 June 1996 vol 572 c135WA
Lord Willoughby de Broke

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their view of the interpretation by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on the implementation in Hong Kong of the Chinese Nationality Law, which states that British citizenship acquired by Chinese nationals under the British Nationality Selection Scheme will not be recognised.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey)

We regard the British citizenship obtained under the BNSS as having exactly the same validity as British citizenship acquired in any other way. We do not differentiate between British citizens who have acquired their British citizenship through the BNSS and those who have acquired it in any other way. Passports issued under the BNSS are the same as passports issued to all other British citizens and are equally valid.