HC Deb 03 December 1986 vol 106 c658W
Mr. Allen McKay

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, in the light of the Hindawi case, he intends to propose any changes in the convention on diplomatic immunity; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Eggar

No. We agree with the conclusion reached in December 1984 by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons that it would be wrong to regard amendment of the Vienna convention as the solution to the problem of abuse of diplomatic immunities, given the difficulties of achieving any restrictive amendment to the convention and the doubtful net benefit to the United Kingdom of so doing. A fuller statement of our position is given in the White Paper on Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities" (Cmnd. 9497).