When my hon. Friend reviews diplomatic immunity, will he take into account the fact that it is widely believed that substantial amounts of drugs are coming into the country through diplomatic bags? Anything that he can do to intervene helpfully will considerably aid the fight against this trade in death.
My hon. Friend will be aware that Her Majesty's Government are worried about any abuse of the diplomatic bag that may be taking place. That is being considered as part of the review that my right hon. and learned Friend has announced.
Are not the ranks of many foreign missions swollen by numbers of people who are not diplomats but subversive agents? Will Her Majesty's Government seek to ensure that the level of representation here is about the same as in the corresponding overseas country?
We are naturally concerned if anyone in this country ostensibly as a diplomat is found to be carrying out functions inconsistent with his diplomatic status. However, it is not unreasonable that some missions should have larger numbers of staff in the United Kingdom than we have in their countries. London is a great international centre, and as such is often considered to be one of the most important areas of diplomatic representations in the world.