British Nationality

Home Office written question – answered on 9th January 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 25 April (HL7517) and 4 May (HL8199), prior to 1 July 2006, how many citizenship by descent applications were denied to individuals of British Overseas Territories descent wishing to register as British Overseas Territories citizens, where the reason for the denial was that the applicant was born to an unmarried father who at the time of the applicant’s birth held British Dependent Territories citizenship and who then automatically gained full British citizenship under the British Overseas Territories Act 2002.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

I am sorry but we do not have this information. These cases are decided in individual overseas territories, and information on refusals is not readily available. To obtain these figures would require each territory to go through individual records and so would result in disproportionate cost.

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