Joan Smith says Mohamed Al Fayed "is currently contesting the decision of successive Conservative governments to deny him a British passport" ("Brown envelopes, battleaxes and very easy targets", 9 November). This is not so. Mr Fayed applied for naturalisation as a British subject only once, on 14 February 1994 and was refused by the Home Office on 23 February 1995, four months after his first allegations about the improper behaviour of four Tory ministers.
Ms Smith speculates as to the reasons for refusal. She does not know and nor does Mr Fayed. However, he hopes to find out when his case is heard by Britain's supreme court, the House of Lords, in February.
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