HC Deb 07 December 1983 vol 50 cc176-7W
5. Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, after the attempted assassination of the Jordanian ambassadors by the Abu Nidal group, what steps are being taken with his European colleagues for the protection of foreign diplomats.

Mr. Whitney

There are regular consultations within the Ten on the terrorist threat to foreign diplomats. But it is the responsibility of the authorities in each country to determine and provide the level of protection needed in each case. The Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department and the Special Branch of the Metropolitan police are responsible for the protection of all foreign diplomats. Protection is kept under constant review and is maintained at a level commensurate with the degree of threat.

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