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British Nationality: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 15th January 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the High Court’s recent ruling that the £1,000 fee to register a child as UK citizens is unlawful; and whether she has plans to reduce the fee.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

While this court case remains active it would not be right to speculate on next steps and potential courses of action. Although the judge ruled that there had not been proper consideration of the Government’s section 55 duties, the fees regulations were not in themselves quashed.

We are, though, committed to considering this issue and the judgment carefully and plan to do so with the diligence that is deserved.

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