Aliens (Naturalisation).

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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Photo of Mr James Kiley Mr James Kiley , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

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asked the Home Secretary the number of applications for naturalisation which have been in his Department for more than 12 months: and is he prepared to consider the advisability of increasing the staff in order to deal forthwith with cases where the applicants are heads of families, clergymen, or doctors, where it is shown that they have been in this country for 20 years or more and are of good repute?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

I would refer the hon. Member to the figures contained in my reply to the hon. Member for Caerphilly (Mr. M. Jones) on the 13th instant. I do not feel justified, in existing circumstances, in increasing the staff of my Department for the purpose of dealing with this work.

Photo of Mr James Kiley Mr James Kiley , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

Is there any special reason why people who have lived in this country for 20 years cannot have their applications considered?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

They are being considered as rapidly as possible with the limited staff at our disposal.

Photo of Mr James Kiley Mr James Kiley , Stepney Whitechapel and St George's

Do not these people pay a large sum of money for their naturalisation, which more than covers the expense, and could not a staff be engaged?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

It does not cover the expense at all.