New Clause 6 - Acquisition of British nationality &c.

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:00 pm on 25 October 2005.

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(1)The Secretary of State shall not grant an application for registration as a citizen of any description or as a British subject under a provision listed in subsection (2) unless satisfied that the person is of good character.

(2)Those provisions are—

(a)sections 1(3) and (4), 3(1), (2) and (5), 4(2) and (5), 4A, 4B, 4C, 5, 10(1) and (2), 13(1) and (3) of the British Nationality Act 1981 (c. 61) (registration as British citizen),

(b)sections 15(3) and (4), 17(1), (2) and (5), 22(1) and (2), 24, 27(1) and 32 of that Act (registration as British overseas territories citizen, &c.),

(c)section 1 of the Hong Kong (War Wives and Widows) Act 1996 (c. 41) (registration as British citizen),

(d)section 1 of the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997 (c. 20) (registration as British citizen), and

(e)article 6(3) of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986 (S.I. 1986/948) (registration as British Overseas citizen).

(3)Where the Secretary of State makes arrangements under section 43 of the British Nationality Act 1981 for a function to be exercised by some other person, subsection (1) above shall have effect in relation to that function as if the reference to the Secretary of State were a reference to that other person.”. —[Mr. McNulty.]

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.