The following question put upon the Order Paper in the name of Colonel WEDGWOOD: 96329. "To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether a British subject can now become a Palestinian subject without losing his British citizenship, in view of the franchise restrictions recently imposed; and how long does it take in such circumstances for Palestinian citizenship to be obtained and at what cost?
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
May I observe, in putting this question, that I certainly think these are matters which the Secretary of State for the Colonies has to consider?
§ Sir P. CUNLIFFE-LISTER
I do not know why the right hon. and gallant Member should say that. I have been asked the question which I now propose to answer. His Majesty's Government have been advised that a British subject who acquires Palestinian citizenship by naturalisation does not cease to be a British subject. A certificate of naturalisation as a Palestinian citizen may be acquired by any person who has resided in Palestine for a period of not less than two years out of the three years immediately preceding the date of his application, provided that he is of good character, has an adequate knoweldge of either English, Arabic or Hebrew, and intends to reside in Palestine. The fee for naturalisation is 10s.