Clause 4 - Acquisition by British overseas territories citizens by registration

British Overseas Territories Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 6th December 2001.

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Question proposed, that the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Clause 4 explains how British citizenship may be acquired by registration. It provides for future British overseas territories citizens to be registered as British citizens after commencement of the Act. It explains that the Secretary of State will have discretion to register British overseas territories citizens as British citizens, except in certain circumstances.

The exceptions include persons who owe their status solely to association with the sovereign base areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia on Cyprus. They are excluded for the reasons that I have already outlined.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 4 ordered to stand part of the Bill.