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Diplomatic Immunity

Volume 984: debated on Friday 9 May 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will review the state of the law and practice on diplomatic immunity in the light of the Iranian Embassy siege and other recent examples of threats and violence in the United Kingdom involving foreign nations, embassies and governments.

We deal with any abuses of the Vienna convention on a case by case basis. I do not believe that a review of the law and practice relating to diplomats is necessary since the provisions of the Vienna convention permit us to take appropriate action should abuses arise. This we shall continue to do.