Oral Answers to Questions — Aliens (Naturalisation)

– in the House of Commons on 14th March 1922.

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

41.

asked the Home Secretary whether he is prepared to give special consideration to an application for naturalisation made by Mr. J Goldstein, of 8, St. Thomas's Road, Hackney, who has been in this country 37 years, whose wife and children are British-born, and whose children are not allowed to take up scholarships under the London County Council although their father has lost his original nationality, having come to this country when a child?

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

I regret that the circumstances of this case would not justify me in giving the applicant preference over others, many of whom have prior claims.

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

In view of the fact that the Home Secretary has in his office applications extending over several years, and that the staff is inadequate, can he not have these applications dealt with and the additional expenditure involved debited to the applicants?

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

I am afraid that an application for additional staff in these circumstances would not be well received.

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

42.

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that Mr. Barnett Bonzer, who was born in Poland, but who came to this country as a youth and whose wife and children are British-born, made an application for naturalisation which has been in the possession of his Department for nearly a year; and can he give any prospect of this case being dealt with in the near future even if any additional expenses over and above the usual £10 are entailed would be paid by the applicant?

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

Barnett Bonzer applied for a certificate of naturalisation in 1912 and was refused. He applied again in August, 1914, and this is no doubt the application referred to. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative.