HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 c147W
Mr. Brotherton

asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the current size of the staff at the Soviet Embassy; what it has been in each of the last 10 years; and what steps he proposes to take to ensure its reduction following the Soviet Government's invasion of Afghanistan.

Mr. Luce

Strict limits on the size of the Soviet Embassy in London were imposed by the British Government in September 1971. Since then, the embassy has had 47 diplomatic staff and 46 non-diplomatic staff. Numbers in the immediately preceding period were:

April 1971:

83 diplomatic staff

61 non-diplomatic staff

October 1970:

79 diplomatic staff

56 non-diplomatic staff

The Government have no plans at present to seek further reductions.