Maritime Consultative Organisation (Immunities and Privileges)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1959.

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Photo of Sir Frank Soskice Sir Frank Soskice , Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent) 12:00 am, 20th July 1959

I do not think that the House would desire to tarry very long over this Order. As the Minister has explained, all that is being done is slightly to alter the existing privilege which this organisation enjoys. We on this side of the House recognise that privileges of this sort must be accorded to international bodies, but sometimes we question whether privileges are not being too widely and lavishly distributed.

I take it that the Minister has satisfied himself that the particular organisation should continue to enjoy this privilege and I hope that he will be able to assure us that he is satisfied that the privilege which is now being given by this amended Order does not go beyond what is strictly necessary for the proper performance by the organisation and its members of the duties incumbent upon it.