British National (Overseas):Written question - 18820

Q
Asked by Steve Double
(St Austell and Newquay)
Asked on: 21 February 2020
Home Office
British National (Overseas)
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many British National Overseas passport holders there were in Hong Kong in each year since the introduction of that category of passport; whether she plans to review the rights afforded to those passport holders; and if she will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Kevin Foster
Answered on: 11 March 2020

We are unable to provide data on the volume of British National (Overseas) passports in circulation (valid) prior to 31 December 2015 as the data could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

We do not hold data on the number of British National Overseas passport holder’s resident in Hong Kong. The table below contains information on the number of British National (Overseas) passports in circulation from 2015 to 2019.

Year

Nationality Description

Number of passports (Volume)

31 December 2015

British National (Overseas)

143,219

31 December 2016

British National (Overseas)

152,351

31 December 2017

British National (Overseas)

158,107

31 December 2018

British National (Overseas)

169,653

31 December 2019

British National (Overseas)

314,779

BN(O) status is part of the delicate balance in negotiations that led to the Sino-British Joint Declaration. We believe it would not be right to change the legal status of BN(O)s at this point in time.

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