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Diplomatic Missions (Parking Offences)

Volume 885: debated on Thursday 6 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what sum remains unpaid for parking fines incurred by those with diplomatic immunity in the United Kingdom during each of the last five years for which records are available; and how much and what proportion is owed by each mission accredited to the Court of St. James's.

The available information is given in the following table, compiled from police records, which gives particulars by country, or international organisation, of the number of cancellations of fixed penalty notices on grounds of diplomatic immunity in 1973 and 1974. In each case the amount of the fixed penalty specified in the notice was £2, but there is no question of sums owed in respect of cancelled notices, since the cancellation of a penalty notice on grounds of diplomatic immunity necessarily involves the cancellation of any debt which would otherwise be due as a result of it. I understand that figures for the three previous years were supplied to the hon. and learned Member in 1973.

1973

1974

Number of tickets cancelled

Percentage of total

Number of tickets cancelled

Percentage of total

Chile2360·51990·4
China350·11380·3
Colombia750·2350·1
Costa Rica950·2660·1
Cuba2,1634·42,7085·1
Cyprus2,0694·22,1914·1
Czechoslovakia1440·31750·3
Dahomey11
Denmark2130·42580·5
Dominican Republic440·1520·1
Ecuador3360·72070·4
Egypt2,0084·11,6513·1
E1 Salvador390·1680·1
Ethiopia2810·62220·4
Fiji1817
Finland1690·33380·6
France6501·31,1012·1
Gabon620·1990·2
Gambia1160·23520·7
German Democratic Republic510·1
Germany, Federal Republic of1660·32600·5
Ghana1,5743·21,2092·3
Greece1,5753·21,3272·5
Guyana2770·62550·5
Haiti280·126
Honduras2390·5880·2
Hungary1,3632·81,3752·6
Iceland127
India5111·04850·9
Indonesia6771·46461·2
Iran1,4963·12,8075·3
Iraq2900·63450·7
Ireland, Republic of1520·3990·2
Israel5991·29541·8
Italy2170·43010·6
Ivory Coast3490·72790·5
Jamaica9912·08311·6
Japan780·22720·5
Jordan5161·15041·0
Kenya3050·64360·8
Khmer Republic23470·1
Korea1,2172·51,0472·0
Kuwait9251·98861·7
Laos1320
Lebanon900·21690·3
Lesotho12440·1
Liberia1480·31300·2
Libya6581·35981·1
Luxembourg1824
Malagasy Republic5351·13770·7
Malawi2880·61180·2
Malaysia1,0412·11,1602·2
Malta GC1900·42150·4
Mauritius880·21820·3
Mexico3980·83630·7
Monaco1
Mongolia250·1300·1
Morocco2060·42570·5
Nepal911
Netherlands1319
Nicaragua310·1680·1
Nigeria, Federal Republic of3,2106·63,1245·9
Norway640·1710·1
Oman290·11300·2
Pakistan1,8483·81,4022·7
Panama1410·31240·2
Paraguay3370·72020·4
Peru5451·14240·8
Philippines540·11550·3
Poland8581·81,5492·9

1973

1974

Number of tickets cancelled

Percentage of total

Number of tickets cancelled

Percentage of total

Portugal2700·61800·3
Qatar1150·23360·6
Romania2530·53410·6
Rwanda3
Saudi Arabia2,3754·91,9373·7
Senegal1920·41900·4
Sierra Leone5461·16141·2
Singapore380·1310·1
Somali Democratic Republic910·2430·1
South Africa, Republic of280·16
Soviet Union4210·96721·3
Spain1660·32450·5
Sri Lanka3470·72710·5
Sudan2730·64530·9
Swaziland15600·1
Sweden1116
Switzerland530·1330·1
Syrian Arab Republic141390·3
Tanzania2590·53890·7
Thailand6681·41,0682·0
Tonga17
Trinidad and Tobago3480·73510·7
Tunisia4230·94840·9
Turkey1,0702·21,0522·0
Uganda3700·84810·9
United Arab Emirates1050·21190·2
United States of America650·1850·2
Uruguay560·1490·1
Venezuela2700·63320·6
Vietnam1120·21100·2
Yemen Arab Republic2590·52820·5
Yemen, People's Democratic Republic23820·2
Yugoslavia1,3092·79671·8
Zaire3300·73780·7
Zambia6951·48581·6
Commonwealth Secretariat620·1760·1
Eastern Caribbean Commission5
EEC Commission156
International Coffee Organisation640·1490·1
Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organisation460·18
Western European Union2213
TOTALS48,79852,839

Note: The percentages are given to one decimal place. Where there is no entry the percentage of the total is insignificant.