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Libyan Embassy

Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the staff at present in the Libyan embassy in London have diplomatic status; whether he is satisfied that their credentials are such as to merit their being given the same recognition as that accorded to other ambassadors and diplomatic staff; and if he will make a statement.

The legal position is confused because of the unprecedented attempt by the Libyan Government to transform their embassy into a People's Bureau. Certain members of the People's Bureau appear to retain diplomatic status by virtue of their appointment before the formation of the People's Bureau. Other members do not claim diplomatic status.