HC Deb 16 February 1978 vol 944 cc333-4W
Mr. Stanbrook

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many names are on the current Diplomatic List for the purpose of diplomatic immunity in the United Kingdom; and how many additional persons are estimated to be entitled to diplomatic immunity as staff or members of families of those on the Diplomatic List.

Mr. Tomlinson

The number of persons shown in the current diplomatic list who are entitled to diplomatic immunity is 2,181. In addition, there are 53 officers of international organisations, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, who are entitled to immunities equivalent to those of diplomatic agents. A further 3,389 members of staff of diplomatic missions and international organisations are entitled to certain immunities. Members of the families of diplomats and other officials of diplomatic missions and international organisations entitled to varying degrees of immunity number approximately 9,700. This makes a total of approximately 15,270.