§ Sir John Rodgers
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many past occasions a British ambassador has been withdrawn from his post when diplomatic relations have not been severed as has occurred in the case of Chile; and on what grounds this action has been taken.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
The withdrawal of a British Ambassador or High Commissioner without a severance of diplomatic relations has occurred in the following cases in the past 10 years:
- (a) Uganda. On 13 October 1972 the High Commissioner was withdrawn following a request from President Amin in the context of the expulsion of the Asian community from Uganda.
- (b) Chile. On 30 December 1975 the Ambassador was withdrawn following the torture while in detention of a British subject resident in Chile.
- (c) Argentina. On 19 January 1976 the Ambassador was withdrawn at the suggestion of the Argentine Government following developments concerning the Falkland Islands.
- (d) Nigeria. On 4 March 1976 the High Commissioner was withdrawn on grounds of unacceptability to the Nigerian authorities.