Oral Answers to Questions — Naturalisation (MR. B. Schleifstein).

– in the House of Commons on 10th May 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 Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is prepared to give consideration to the application of Mr. Bernard Schleif-stein, who applied for naturalisation in the year 1914, seeing that he has resided in this country for over 20 years, is a married man with a family, and is desirous that he and his children shall become British subjects; and, if he is not prepared to give the matter consideration now, whether he can hold out any hope that the application will be considered during the next 12 months?

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

I regret that I cannot make any definite promise to the effect of either of the hon. Member's suggestions.

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

Can the right hon. Gentleman give the reason why it takes seven years to consider an application? Should it not be either dealt with or dismissed?

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

Several of those years were years of War, when nothing was being done.