British Citizenship

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th January 2007.

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Photo of Lord Avebury Lord Avebury Spokesperson in the Lords (Civil Liberties), Home Affairs, Spokesperson in the Lords (Africa), Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Under what circumstances a person would not have been a British Dependent Territories citizen on 4 February and 30 June 1997, if (a) he was born in Hong Kong after 31 December 1948 and before 1 January 1983; (b) at the time of his birth his father did not possesses immunity from suit and legal process as was accorded to an envoy of a foreign country; (c) at the time of his birth his father was not an enemy alien and Hong Kong was not under occupation by the enemy; and (d) he has not made renunciation of British nationality.

Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Government Whip, Government Whip

Whether such a person would have had a claim to British Dependent Territories citizenship is a matter of law which can be determined conclusively only by the courts. However, from the information provided, it appears that a person with the circumstances you have described would have been a British Dependent Territories citizen on those dates.

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No27 people think not

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