HC Deb 31 March 1976 vol 908 cc513-4W
Dr. Reginald Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the number of fixed-penalty and other offences against the law in respect of which each diplomatic mission in London has claimed immunity during the most recent convenient period of months, together with the number of times representations have been made to those missions or to the Governments responsible.

Mr. Ennals

On the question of parking tickets, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Home Office, as recently as 29th January this year.

We received 33 reports of serious motoring offences in 1975. In 23 of these cases strong representations were made to the missions concerned.

In addition, we were informed of 164 minor motoring incidents which might, but for diplomatic immunity, have led to prosecution. 98 of these were brought to the notice of the missions concerned.

In cases where no representations were made, this was usually because the diplomat concerned had already left the country or there was insufficient evidence on which to base representations.