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Diplomatic Bags

Volume 984: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what current study he is making of the use of modern electric scanners to ensure that diplomatic bags are not abused by the carriage of weapons.

Diplomatic missions have been left in no doubt that a very serious view would be taken if evidence emerged that any mission was abusing the diplomatic bag to import weapons into this country covertly. They have also been reminded of our regulations on the import, possession and carrying of firearms and explosives. We keep ourselves up to date on the techniques mentioned by the hon. Member, but it would not be in the public interest to be more specific about the steps we take to enforce the regulations.