HC Deb 13 February 1953 vol 511 cc81-2W
Mr. Smithers

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what progress has been made by the Committee on State Immunities in preparing a final report.

Mr. Nutting

The Inter-Departmental Committee on State Immunities duly considered the questions relating to the immunities enjoyed by organs of foreign States which were comprised within its terms of reference but it found such great divergencies in State practice as to make it difficult to establish the exact position under international law. In view of the differing opinions among the members of the Committee as to what principles it would be best to follow the Committee was unable to reach any final conclusions or make any final recommendations. Since it is clear that further study would not achieve any different result, it has been decided not to call upon the Committee for any further or final report and the Committee must now therefore be regarded as functus officio.