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Meter Charges (Diplomatic Immunity)

Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide, for the most convenient and recent 12-month period, the amount of money lost to the public, and the number of persons involved who have claimed diplomatic exemption, from the payment of fixed penalty and excess charge notices within the city of Westminster.

Records of fixed penalty notices issued in the Metropolitan Police district for which diplomatic immunity is claimed relate to vehicles rather than persons and specify the street but not the borough in which a notice was issued. It would not be possible to identify those notices issued within the city of Westminster without very substantial effort, which would involve disproportionate cost.