Naturalisation Qualification.

Oral Answers to Questions — Russia. – in the House of Commons on 5th October 1931.

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Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that Soviet Russia claims the right to grant naturalisation papers through its Embassies and Consulates without any residential qualifications; and whether he has any information as to any cases where the claim has been exercised in tins country?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

There are provisions under Soviet law for the grant of Soviet citizenship to foreigners residing abroad. My Noble Friend has no information as to any cases having occurred in this country.

Photo of Mr Carlyon Bellairs Mr Carlyon Bellairs , Maidstone

Is not this a most extraordinary claim, of a kind that has not been put forward by any other nation?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

It may be extraordinary, but no one has attempted to make use of it here. If they did so, we should, of course, not recognise it.