HC Deb 01 July 1926 vol 197 cc1328-9

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the head of the Russian Trade Delegation enjoys any diplomatic privilege or immunity, or the privilege of receiving or sending letters in diplomatic bags, other than those enjoyed by commercial attaches trade commissioners, and commercial counsellors representing the Governments of the United States of America, France, Germany and Italy, attached to embassies in this country?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Mr. Godfrey Locker-Lampson)

There is a difference in form, but it is not one of substance. All the officers named are accorded the ordinary diplomatic privileges and immunities, hut, except in the case of the Russian Trade Delegation, there is no special arrangement for a sealed bag. No doubt, as was stated last Monday by my right hon. Friend, official correspondence in the other cases is sent in the Ambassador's bag.