Debts owed by Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations in the United Kingdom: 2016

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written statement – made on 11th October 2017.

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has held meetings with a number of missions about outstanding parking fine debt, outstanding National Non-Domestic Rates payments and unpaid Congestion Charge debt. The Director of Protocol raises the issue in his introductory meetings with all new Ambassadors and High Commissioners whose missions are in debt to the relevant authorities. FCO officials also press diplomatic missions and international organisations to pay outstanding fines and debts. In April this year, Protocol Directorate wrote to diplomatic missions and international organisations concerned giving them the opportunity to either pay their outstanding debts, or appeal against specific fines if they considered that they had been issued incorrectly.

Parking fines: in 2016, 4,311 parking fines incurred by diplomatic missions and international organisations in London were brought to our attention by local councils, Transport for London and the City of London. These totalled at least(a) £430,126.

Subsequent payments (including amounts waived by the above authorities) totalled £102,164. There remains a total of £327,962 in unpaid fines for 2016.

The table below details those Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations that have outstanding fines from 2016 totalling £1,000 or more, as of 28 June 2017.

Diplomatic Mission/International Organisation

2016

Amount of Outstanding Fines

(excluding congestion charge)

£

Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan

£83,215

High Commission for the Federal Republic of Nigeria

£30,024

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

£19,202

Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan

£17,985

High Commission for the Republic of Zambia

£11,220

Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan

£10,610

High Commission for Malaysia

£7,740

Embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

£7,040

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

£6,440

Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman

£4,650

Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

£4,565

High Commission for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

£4,050

Embassy of France

£4,035

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

£3,850

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

£3,770

Embassy of the Republic of Liberia

£3,375

Embassy of the State of Qatar

£2,985

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

£2,665

Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

£2,580

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

£2,520

High Commission for the United Republic of Tanzania

£2,055

Embassy of Libya

£1,935

Embassy of the Republic of Angola

£1,895

High Commission for Sierra Leone

£1,820

Embassy of the Republic of Yemen

£1,815

High Commission for the Republic of Ghana

£1,780

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

£1,575

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

£1,435

Embassy of the People's Republic of China

£1,365

Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo

£1,235

Embassy of the State of Kuwait

£1,225

High Commission for the Republic of South Africa

£1,195

Embassy of Georgia

£1,065

(a) The figure of £430,126 excludes the value of parking fines issued by Barnet Council in 2016, because Barnet Council failed to provide the FCO on request with the value of the fines they had issued.

National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR): the majority of diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom pay the NNDR due from them. Diplomatic missions are obliged to pay only 6% of the total NNDR value of their offices. This represents payment for specific services received such as street cleaning and street lighting.

As at 8 June 2017, the total amount of outstanding NNDR payments, due before 31 December 2016, owed by foreign diplomatic missions as advised by the Valuation Office Agency is £1,049,999, an increase of 16% over the 2015 figure, as reported in the 2016 WMS (£907,976). However, £51,573 of this outstanding debt is owed by Syria – which is not currently represented in the UK and we have therefore been unable to pursue this debt. Four missions are responsible for just over a third of the remainder. We shall continue to urge those with NNDR debt to pay their dues.

The table below details those Diplomatic Missions that, as of 8 June 2017, owed over £10,000 in respect of NNDR due before 31 December 2016.

Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan

£109,599

High Commission for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

£107,427

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

£104,688

Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe

£79,852

High Commission for the Republic of Zambia

£39,081

Uganda High Commission

£36,885

Embassy of the Republic of Angola

£32,273

Embassy of the Republic of Liberia

£29,559

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

£28,652

Embassy of Libya

£26,186

Embassy of the State of Qatar

£25,890

High Commission for the Republic of Cameroon

£25,126

Embassy of the Republic of Albania

£24,165

High Commission for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

£23,846

Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt

£23,120

Embassy of Ukraine

£15,675

High Commission for Sierra Leone

£14,641

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

£13,866

Embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

£13,098

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania

£12,359

London Congestion Charge: the value of unpaid Congestion Charge debt incurred by diplomatic missions and international organisations in London since its introduction in February 2003 until 31 December 2016 as advised by Transport for London (TfL) was £105,419,835. The table below shows those diplomatic missions and international organisations with outstanding fines of £100,000 or more.

COUNTRY

NUMBER OF FINES

TOTAL OUTSTANDING

Embassy of the United States of America

96,274

£ 11,544,455

Embassy of Japan

63,869

£ 7,629,370

High Commission for the Federal Republic of Nigeria

54,237

£ 6,481,620

Embassy of the Russian Federation

47,760

£ 5,603,320

Office of the High Commissioner for India

40,929

£ 4,991,125

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

36,258

£ 4,221,590

Embassy of the Republic of Poland

31,780

£ 3,854,130

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

30,317

£ 3,805,465

Office of the High Commissioner for Ghana

28,630

£ 3,465,960

Embassy of the Republic of Sudan

26,161

£ 3,048,475

Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

24,032

£ 2,947,595

High Commission for Kenya

20,844

£ 2,453,305

Embassy of France

17,570

£ 2,090,815

High Commission for the United Republic of Tanzania

16,183

£ 1,893,325

High Commission for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

15,979

£ 1, 971,105

Embassy of Spain

15,855

£ 1,893,420

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

14,777

£ 1,805,150

Embassy of Romania

13,069

£ 1,547,415

High Commission for the Republic of South Africa

12,963

£ 1,503,195

Embassy of the Republic of Cuba

12,744

£ 1,557,555

Embassy of Algeria

12,694

£ 1,495,660

High Commission for Sierra Leone

12,038

£ 1,404,675

Embassy of Greece

12,028

£ 1,419,575

Embassy of Ukraine

11,759

£ 1,380,430

Embassy of Hungary

9,157

£ 1,097,580

High Commission for the Republic of Cyprus

8,588

£ 1,030,060

High Commission for the Republic of Zambia

7,481

£ 882,040

Embassy of the Republic of Yemen

7,475

£ 889,990

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria

6,853

£ 797,035

High Commission for the Republic of Cameroon

5,923

£ 692,170

Embassy of the Republic of Belarus

5,796

£ 680,595

High Commission for the Republic of Malawi

5,576

£ 663,380

High Commission for Botswana

5,515

£ 667,605

Embassy of the Slovak Republic

5,493

£ 641,215

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

5,243

£ 608,795

High Commission for the Republic of Namibia

5,186

£ 602,145

High Commission for the Republic of Mozambique

5,182

£ 611,340

Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe

5,120

£ 575,910

High Commission for Kingdom of Swaziland

5,008

£ 581,510

Embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

4,673

£ 553,865

High Commission for Malta

4,533

£ 546,420

Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

4,428

£ 519,215

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania

4,353

£ 521,270

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey

4,344

£ 530,465

Embassy of Austria

4,290

£ 513,005

High Commission for Mauritius

4,223

£ 494,495

High Commission for the Kingdom of Lesotho

3,993

£ 467,055

High Commission for Uganda

3,872

£ 464,420

Embassy of the Republic of Liberia

3,772

£ 457,905

Embassy of Belgium

3,597

£ 430,060

Embassy of the Czech Republic

3,529

£ 407,600

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

3,350

£ 395,400

Embassy of the Republic of Guinea

3,314

£ 385,265

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

3,213

£ 386,600

Embassy of Denmark

2,981

£ 356,010

High Commission for Jamaica

2,909

£ 345,545

Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

2,727

£ 338,580

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco

2,713

£ 344,840

Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan

2,612

£ 333,520

High Commission for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

2,505

£ 315,670

Embassy of Tunisia

2,353

£ 288,890

Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt

2,290

£ 241,725

Embassy of Portugal

2,263

£ 278,035

Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

2,221

£ 255,675

Embassy of the Republic of Latvia

2,196

£ 265,155

Embassy of Finland

2,160

£ 258,490

Embassy of Luxembourg

2,018

£ 243,470

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

1,971

£ 248,535

High Commission for Antigua & Barbuda

1,966

£ 232,570

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia

1,958

£ 239,025

Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

1,808

£ 197,875

High Commission for Belize

1,670

£ 206,635

Embassy of Estonia

1,437

£ 177,645

Embassy of the Dominican Republic

1,221

£ 146,260

Embassy of the State of Eritrea

1,209

£ 142,925

High Commission for Guyana

1,102

£ 129,105

The Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the International Maritime Organisation

1,021

£ 126,795

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

982

£ 103,590

High Commission for the Republic of the Maldives

961

£ 116,325

High Commission for Seychelles

908

£ 111,365

Figures for previous years are available in the Secretary for State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs’ written statement to the House on 21 July 2016, Official Report, column 47WS (HCWS100).