HC Deb 14 March 1985 vol 75 c258W
Mr. Simon Hughes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions during each of the last five years customs investigations have commenced into the commission of drug-related offences by people who have at the time of apprehension or theft claimed diplomatic immunity; what effect these claims of immunity have had on the seizure of drugs; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hayhoe

[pursuant to his reply, 11 March 1985, c. 60]: Customs and Excise investigators were faced with claims to diplomatic immunity at the time of commencement of investigation into drug-related offences as follows:

  • 1980 on six occasions
  • 1981 and 1982 no occasions
  • 1983 on two occasions
  • 1984 on two occasions

In each case, Customs maintained the seizure of the drugs.