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Embassies: Waste Management

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) foreign embassies which are composite hereditaments and (b) domestic properties which are solely occupied by diplomats will be liable to pay charges for the collection of household waste. (193185)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is responsible for the Climate Change Bill, including proposed charges for the collection of household rubbish.

Diplomats’ liability to pay dues, taxes and charges is dependent on the exact terms of any relevant legislation and our obligations under the 1961 Vienna convention on diplomatic relations. This will be considered at the appropriate stage.