HL Deb 08 July 2002 vol 637 cc65-6WA
Earl Russell

asked Her Majesty's Government:

With reference to Clause 4 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill, what precedents there are for depriving British subjects of their citizenship. [HL5034]

Lord Filkin

Between 1915 and 1948, 287 British subjects wer deprived of that citizenship status. Between 1949 and 1973 10 citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies were similarly deprived by order of the Home Secretary. An equally small number were deprived by order of colonial governors. There have been no deprivations since 1973, although a number of cases have been considered. The names given to British nationals have changed over time as new legislation has been introduced.