This written ministerial statement was laid in the House of Commons on 27 April 2011 by Damian Green, and in the House of Lords by Baroness Neville-Jones.
I regret to inform the House that there was an inaccuracy to the opening speeches made in each House on Monday 28 March 2011 and Tuesday 29 March 2011, during the debates on the Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2011.
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Both speeches made reference to the introduction of a new fee for providing certain stateless persons the ability to acquire the status of British protected person. The status means they can receive consular protection, a British passport and are eligible to register as a British citizen if they meet the appropriate criteria. The volumes under this route are minimal. However, it is a cost to the Agency to process these applications and we believe that the rights associated with this status are valuable and therefore these applications should be charged for.
I can confirm that this fee was erroneously omitted from the regulations and as such will not be introduced as planned. A very small number of people are estimated to have been affected by this - there have been only two such applications in the past 12 years. I am now announcing a correction to the speech made during the debates. My officials will ensure that this is made clear to any applicants applying under this route, on the UK Border Agency website, www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk. However, I will also take the opportunity to introduce this fee when I next make an amendment to the existing regulations.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Date: Wed Apr 27 11:02:49 BST 2011