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Commonwealth Inter-Governmental Organisations

Volume 33: debated on Friday 3 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to confer diplomatic status on all Commonwealth inter-governmental organisations; in which form this issue was discussed with other Commonwealth Governments; and where the discussions are recorded.

Privileges and immunities are accorded to international organisations whose membership is composed entirely of Commonwealth countries under the provisions of the International Organisations Act 1968 as amended by the International Organisations Act 1981.. The recent Act was introduced so that Her Majesty's Government could grant treatment to all- Commonwealth international organisations equal to that which can be accorded to those international organisations whose members are foreign States.The decision to do so was not discussed with other Commonwealth Governments, but it is assumed that they support the measure.