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Diplomatic Immunity

Volume 527: debated on Tuesday 18 May 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many persons in 1953 had permanent diplomatic immunity in this country; and how many persons had temporary diplomatic immunity.

During 1953, 2,645 persons attached to foreign diplomatic missions were included in the list of those officially regarded as entitled to claim diplomatic immunity in this country. A further 170 persons were granted temporary diplomatic immunity while attending meetings of international organisations here. In addition, there were 1,300 members of the staffs of Commonwealth High Commissions and of the Embassy of the Republic of Ireland who were also officially regarded as entitled to claim diplomatic immunity.