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 1982 and on or before 4 February 1997; and (b) at the time of his birth his father or his mother was a British Dependent Territories citizen or was settled in Hong Kong.

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, subject to his never having renounced citizenship, I cannot envisage circumstances in which such a person would not have been a British Dependent Territories citizen on those dates.

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No23 people think not

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