HC Deb 03 February 1997 vol 289 c456W
Sir Patrick Cormack

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures he has established to process the applications for United Kingdom citizenship which he has received from members of the Hong Kong ethnic minority community; and if he will set out the special provisions proposed by Her Majesty's Government for this group. [13323]

Mr. Kirkhope

Some members of the ethnic minority community in Hong Kong have applied successfully for citizenship under the British nationality selection scheme. The Government also made provision in the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986 to prevent any British dependent territories citizen from becoming stateless, and have guaranteed that any solely British members of the ethnic minority community who come under pressure to leave Hong Kong after the handover will be able to come to the United Kingdom for settlement.