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?
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.