HC Deb 08 April 1968 vol 762 cc189-90W
70. Sir D. Walker-Smith

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will list the powers available to chief officers of police for the protection of embassies.

Mr. Ennals

The effect of the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964 is to place a special duty on the police to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of a foreign mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity. To this end it is open to the police to exercise all the powers available to them under the general law.