Lords considers British Nationality (Regularisation of Past Practice) Bill
22 June 2023
The House of Lords completed all remaining stages of the British Nationality (Regularisation of Past Practice) Bill on Wednesday 21 June.
The British Nationality (Regularisation of Past Practice) Bill will retroactively change the law so that any children born in the UK between January 1983 and October 2000 to parents of EU/EEA or Swiss nationality are confirmed as British citizens.
The bill was fast-tracked as the government have stated the importance of quickly resolving the citizenship status of the cohort affected. Applications from this cohort have been paused since October 2022 but can progress once the bill becomes law.
- Read a briefing on this bill from the House of Lords Library
Remaining stages completed
What's happened so far?
During second reading, members discussed the main issues in the bill and drew attention to specific areas where they think changes will be needed.
Topics covered during the debate included:
- efficiency of the passport application process
- communication with affected individuals.
Lord Murray of Blidworth (Conservative), Minister for Migration and Borders at the Home Office, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.
Members speaking in the debate included:
- Lord German (Liberal Democrat), former Minister for Europe in the National Assembly for Wales
- Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede (Labour), Lords Labour Spokesperson in the Home Office and former delegate to the Council of Europe.