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(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision generally for carrying into effect the purposes of this Act, and in particular provision—
(a)for prescribing anything which under this Act is to be prescribed;
(b)for prescribing the manner in which, and the persons to and by whom, applications for registration or naturalisation under any provision of this Act may or must be made;
[F1(ba)for determining whether a person has sufficient knowledge of a language for the purpose of an application for naturalisation;
(bb)for determining whether a person has sufficient knowledge about life in the United Kingdom for the purpose of an application for naturalisation;]
(c)for the registration of anything required or authorised by or under this Act to be registered;
[F2(d)for the time within which an obligation to make a citizenship oath and pledge at a citizenship ceremony must be satisfied;
(da)for the time within which an obligation to make a citizenship oath or pledge must be satisfied;
(db)for the content and conduct of a citizenship ceremony;
(dc)for the administration and making of a citizenship oath or pledge;
(dd)for the registration and certification of the making of a citizenship oath or pledge;
(de)for the completion and grant of a certificate of registration or naturalisation;]
(e)for the giving of any notice required or authorised to be given to any person under this Act;
(f)for the cancellation of the registration of, and the cancellation and amendment of certificates of naturalisation relating to, persons deprived of citizenship [F3or of the status of a British National (Overseas)] under this Act, and for requiring such certificates to be delivered up for those purposes;
(g)for the births and deaths of persons of any class or description born or dying in a country mentioned in Schedule 3 to be registered there by the High Commissioner for Her Majesty’s government in the United Kingdom or by members of his official staff;
(h)for the births and deaths of persons of any class or description born or dying in a foreign country to be registered there by consular officers or other officers in the service of Her Majesty’s government in the United Kingdom;
(i)for enabling the births and deaths of British citizens, [F4British overseas territories citizens], [F5British Nationals (Overseas),] British Overseas citizens, British subjects and British protected persons born or dying in any country in which Her Majesty’s government in the United Kingdom has for the time being no diplomatic or consular representatives to be registered—
(i)by persons serving in the diplomatic, consular or other foreign service of any country which, by arrangement with Her Majesty’s government in the United Kingdom, has undertaken to represent that government’s interest in that country, or
(ii)by a person authorised in that behalf by the Secretary of State.
[F6(j)as to the consequences of failure to comply with provision made under any of paragraphs (a) to (i).]
[F7(1A)Regulations under subsection (1)(ba) or (bb) may, in particular—
(a)make provision by reference to possession of a specified qualification;
(b)make provision by reference to possession of a qualification of a specified kind;
(c)make provision by reference to attendance on a specified course;
(d)make provision by reference to attendance on a course of a specified kind;
(e)make provision by reference to a specified level of achievement;
(f)enable a person designated by the Secretary of State to determine sufficiency of knowledge in specified circumstances;
(g)enable the Secretary of State to accept a qualification of a specified kind as evidence of sufficient knowledge of a language.]
(2)F8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(3)Regulations under subsection (1) F9. . . may make different provision for different circumstances; and—
(a)regulations under subsection (1) may provide for the extension of any time-limit for the [F10making of oaths and pledges of citizenship]; and
(b)F11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
[F12(3A)Regulations under subsection (1)(d) to (de) may, in particular—
(a)enable the Secretary of State to designate or authorise a person to exercise a function (which may include a discretion) in connection with a citizenship ceremony or a citizenship oath or pledge;
(b)require, or enable the Secretary of State to require, a local authority to provide specified facilities and to make specified arrangements in connection with citizenship ceremonies;
(c)impose, or enable the Secretary of State to impose, a function (which may include a discretion) on a local authority or on a registrar.
(3B)In subsection (3A)—
in relation to England and Wales, a county council, a county borough council, a metropolitan district council, a London Borough Council and the Common Council of the City of London, and
in relation to Scotland, a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39), and
in relation to England and Wales, a superintendent registrar of births, deaths and marriages (or, in accordance with section 8 of the Registration Service Act 1953 (c. 37), a deputy superintendent registrar), and
in relation to Scotland, a district registrar within the meaning of section 7(12) of the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act 1965 (c. 49).]
(4)Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide for any Act or Northern Ireland legislation to which this subsection applies to apply, with such adaptations and modifications as appear to Her necessary, to births and deaths registered—
(a)in accordance with regulations made in pursuance of subsection (1)(g) to (i) of this section or subsection (1)(f) and (g) of section 29 of the 1948 Act; or
(b)at a consulate of Her Majesty in accordance with regulations made under the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Acts 1914 to 1943 or in accordance with instructions of the Secretary of State; or
(c)by a High Commissioner for Her Majesty’s government in the United Kingdom or members of his official staff in accordance with instructions of the Secretary of State;
and an Order in Council under this subsection may exclude, in relation to births and deaths so registered, any of the provisions of section 45.
(5)Subsection (4) applies to—
(b)so much of any Northern Ireland legislation for the time being in force (whether passed or made before or after commencement) as relates to the registration of births and deaths.
(6)The power to make regulations under subsection (1) or (2) shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.
(7)Any regulations or Order in Council made under this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
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