§ Mr. Leadbitter
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many foreign diplomats have been expelled since 1950 for activities against the national interest and breaches of national security; and whether any other expulsions are under consideration.
§ Mr. Onslow
I regret that complete figures are not available and would require a disproportionate use of resources to obtain. However, since 1970 64 diplomats have been expelled and between 1950 and 1970 a further 24 diplomats from the Soviet Union, Eastern European countries and Cuba were also expelled.
The figure of 64 includes the diplomats among the 105 Soviet officials expelled in 1971; the remainder were officials not enjoying diplomatic status.
As regards future expulsions, when evidence of inadmissible activities by foreign diplomats is obtained, appropriate action is taken.