§ Mr. Beaumont-Dark
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will hold discussions with foreign Governments concerning the non-payment of parking fines, currently amounting to £540,000; and, failing an agreement, if he will bring forward proposals to enforce fines for illegal parking against those with diplomatic immunity.
§ Sir Ian Gilmour
Discussions are taking place all the time with the missions concerned. There has been an improvement, which I hope to see sustained. To seek to enforce payment of parking fines would mean reopening the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations. This would not be practicable or advisable.