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Diplomatic Immunity: Serious Offences

Volume 684: debated on Wednesday 12 July 2006

Following the Written Ministerial Statement of 12 December 2005 about serious offences allegedly committed by persons entitled to diplomatic immunity during 2004 (Official Report, col. WS 105), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has reviewed its policy relating to disclosure of the names of the missions whose diplomats have allegedly committed serious offences. I have today placed in the Library of the House a list of foreign missions whose diplomats allegedly committed serious offences and a list of the offences between 1999 and 2004. I shall place a further list in the Library of the House updating this information to cover 2005 in the autumn this year. From 2007, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will present this information to Parliament annually by means of a Written Ministerial Statement, laid by the end of June each year, covering the previous five-year period.