HC Deb 24 July 1959 vol 609 cc174-5W
Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will give a list of the organisations, etc., now granted diplomatic immunities and privileges; and how many persons in this country enjoy such status.

Mr. R. Allan

The following is a list of international organisations upon which, or upon whose officers or officials, privileges and immunities have been conferred in the United Kingdom by Orders in Council under the International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) Act, 1950 (14 Geo. 6, Ch. 14) and the earlier legislation referred to in that Statute or under the European Coal and Steel Community Act, 1955 (4 Eliz. 2, Ch. 4):

The United Nations and International Court of Justice.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

The North Atlantic Treaty Oragnisation.

The International Monetary Fund. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The International Labour Organisation.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The World Health Organisation.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation.

The Organisation for European Economic Co-operation.

The Council of Europe.

The Universal Postal Union.

The International Telecommunication Union.

The Customs Co-operation Council.

The World Meteorological Organisation.

The International Maritime Consultative Organisation.

The Commission for Technical Co-operation in Africa South of the Sahara.

The Western European Union.

The International Sugar Council.

The International Wheat Council.

The International Tin Council.

The International Finance Corporation.

The European Coal and Steel Community.

The number of individuals residing in the United Kingdom and entitled under these Orders to immunities and privileges resembling those enjoyed by the accredited diplomatic representatives of foreign sovereign Powers is six; a further 191 persons qualify for a more restricted scale of privileges and immunities.

Number under care at 31st December Direct Admissions Discharges Re-admissions
1949 142,083 54,921 41,345 17,816
1950 142,500 55,856 43,614 18,600
1951 143,196 59,288 45,495 20,599
1952 144,583 62,258 48,643 23,063
1953 146,643 67,422 53,255 24,632
1954 148,080 71,699 58,466 28,522
1955 146,867 78,586 66,671 32,684
1956 145,593 83,994 71,990 36,581
1957 143,220 88,943 78,490 40,677
1958 138,124 91,558 79,591 41,499

The reductions in the numbers under care since 1954 are attributable in part to increased admissions of patients to accommodation outside the provisions of the Lunacy and Mental Treatment Acts.

I have no information suggesting that there has been any significant change this year in the trends indicated by these figures.