HC Deb 20 December 1934 vol 296 c1341

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many of those connected with the Soviet Embassy in London enjoy diplomatic immunity; and how the number compares with the immunity granted to the personnel of other embassies?


There are at the Soviet Embassy 15 officials, diplomatic and clerical, who are regarded by His Majesty's Government as entitled to claim diplomatic immunity. This figure includes the trade representative and the deputy-trade representative, who are entitled to diplomatic privilege under Article 2 of the Temporary Commercial Agreement with the Soviet Union of 16th April, 1930, but does not include the wives and children of the officials concerned. In addition, there are about 15 servants employed at the Embassy who also enjoy diplomatic privilege. These figures are less than those in the case of the embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, and about the same as those in the case of the embassies of Belgium and Poland.