R. v. Home Secretary, ex p. Al Fayed [1997]

Applicants were seeking
naturalisation as British citizens.
Application refused without
reasons being given.
Court of Appeal noted Home Secretary
not required to give reasons for refusing application by virtue of s44 of
British Nationality Act 1981.
However, where decision
involved discretion, he did have to exercise that discretion reasonably.
Hence not relieved of
obligation to be fair in reaching decision.
Had obligation to provide
applicants with sufficient information for them to understand essence of what
troubled him.
Applicants had not enjoyed
fairness and so decisions would be quashed.