asked the Lord Privy Seal what approaches he has had from the London borough of Camden to assist it to obtain £½ million arrears of rates owed by the Russian trade delegation in Highgate; and whether he proposes to take any action in this matter.
The collection of rates is primarily a matter between the rating authority and the occupier. Her Majesty's Government have over the years nevertheless held discussions with Camden council and the Soviet authorities in an effort to assist in resolving this problem. These efforts will continue. We are considering a recent request from Camden council for a certificate under the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964 in respect of the premises used by the Soviet trade delegation.