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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th November 1987.

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Photo of Mr Merlyn Rees Mr Merlyn Rees , Leeds South and Morley 12:00 am, 5th November 1987

In terms of the Secretary of State exercising the discretionary power, I have a constituent who came from Ireland in 1940, his family in Ireland having served the Crown since 1880. He joined the British Army and received the DCM and the Military Medal and I think is a war pensioner. He has served his country well, but he cannot prove that he was born to a British family in Ireland. He said to me:

"In 1940 I showed you where my heart was—I have the Military Medal and the DCM —but now they want £60 out of me to prove it." Is there not a discretion that the Home Secretary could use in such a case?