British Nationality

Home Office written question – answered on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many investigations into deprivation of citizenship are currently being undertaken by her Department.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals her Department’s team investigating deprivation of citizenship received in the last 12 months.

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time was for an investigation into the deprivation of citizenship in each of the last five years.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

We do not comment on referrals or ongoing investigations but do publish information in respect of cases where a deprivation order has been served.

Figures for conducive deprivation orders, which are made under Section 40(2) of the 1981 British Nationality Act, have been published as part of the transparency report on disruptive and investigatory powers. Three reports have been published to date in 2015, 2017 and 2018:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/473603/51973_Cm_9151_Transparency_Accessible.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/593668/58597_Cm_9420_Transparency_report_web.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disruptive-and-investigatory-powers-transparency-report-2018

Section 40(3) of the 1981 British Nationality Act, allows for deprivation of citizenship where fraud, false representation or concealment of material facts have been used to obtain British citizenship. Since February 2020 these figures have been published via the Transparency report on asylum data, which can be found using the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/asylum-transparency-data-february-2020

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