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British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act 1914

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26Saving for powers of Legislatures and Governments of British possessions

(1)Nothing- in this Act shall take away or abridge any power vested in, or exerciseable by, the Legislature or Government of any British Possession, or affect the operation of any law at present in force which has been passed in exercise of such a power, or prevent any such Legislature or Government from treating differently different classes of British subjects.

(2)All laws, statutes and ordinances made by the Legislature of a British Possession for imparting to any person any of the privileges of naturalization to be enjoyed by him within the limits of that Possession, shall, within those limits, have the authority of law.

(3)Where any parts of His Majesty's Dominions are under both a central and a local legislature, the expression " British Possession " shall, for the purposes of this section, include both all parts under the central legislature and each part under a local legislature : Provided that nothing in this provision shall be construed as validating any law, statute or ordinance with respect to naturalization made by any such local legislature in any case where the central legislature possesses exclusive legislative authority with respect to naturalization.

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