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United Kingdom Embassy (Moscow)

Volume 79: debated on Wednesday 22 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the number of British personnel at the United Kingdom embassy in Moscow in the following categories (a) embassy staff. (b) trade delegation, and (c) non-diplomatic staff; and how this compares with the Soviet embassy in London.

The total number of home-based British staff in all sections of our embassy in Moscow at present is 71, of whom 28 have administrative and technical—that is, non-diplomatic — status. We do not have a separate trade delegation in Moscow. The commercial section of the embassy comprises seven home-based British personnel of whom two have administrative and technical status.The Soviet embassy in London has at present a total of 83 members of staff, who are all Soviet nationals. Of these, 46 are administrative and technical staff. The Soviet trade delegation, which is a separate body whose status is defined in the Anglo-Soviet temporary commercial agreement of 1934, has 45 non-diplomatic Soviet members of staff. In addition, the Soviet trade representative and his two deputies have full diplomatic status and are included in the total just given for the Soviet embassy.