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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 Timothy Renton Mr Timothy Renton , Mid Sussex 12:00 am, 5th November 1987

This right and the fact that it was going to terminate for specific categories at the end of December has been known for over six years. It is not a new matter. It has been known ever since the British Nationality Act 1981 passed into law. People have had six years in which to save the £60 if they wished.

My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary does not have a general discretionary power to waive or extend the period for those who do not submit their forms in time. I am not aware of any case where the application forms are not being sent out rapidly to all who require them.