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British Nationality

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for how long his Department holds information on people who have been deprived of their citizenship following orders made under section 40 of the British Nationality Act 1981. [R]

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

I have been asked to reply of behalf of the Home Department.

Deprivation orders are made under section 40 of the British Nationality Act 1981 under which the Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend Mrs May, is empowered to deprive, by order, any person of any form of British nationality, subject to the appropriate test in section 40 being satisfied.

The figures for each year are:

(a) 2012: five orders issued on conductive grounds; fewer than five issued on fraudulent grounds.

(b) 2013: eight orders issued on conducive grounds; 12 issued on fraudulent grounds.

(c) 2014: 0 (zero) orders issued on conducive grounds; fewer than five issued on fraudulent grounds.

The grounds for the deprivation orders that were made during this period were either that:

the Secretary of State was satisfied that such deprivation was conducive to the public good and the person would not be made stateless as a result; or the individual obtained British citizenship by means of fraud, false representation or concealment of material fact.

The nationality of the individuals who have been deprived of British citizenship since 2012 are as follows:

Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Egyptian, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen.

The deprivation decision is permanent unless and until it is revoked. In accordance with the Home Office's policy on information management, once a deprivation of citizenship order has been issued under section 40 of the British Nationality Act 1981, records on the individual will be retained until he/she reaches the age of 75 or until his/her death.

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