Debts owed by Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations in the United Kingdom: 2018

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written statement – made on 25th February 2020.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials have held meetings with a number of diplomatic missions and international organisations about outstanding parking fine debt, outstanding National Non-Domestic Rates payments and unpaid Congestion Charge debt, to press for payment of outstanding fines and debts. In 2019 Protocol Directorate wrote to diplomatic missions and international organisations with debts giving them the opportunity to either pay outstanding debts, or appeal against specific fines if they considered that they had been recorded incorrectly.

Parking fines: Parking fines incurred by diplomatic missions and international organisations in London are brought to our attention by local councils, Transport for London and the City of London.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has held meetings with missions which have substantial outstanding parking fine debts. In addition, in May 2019 we wrote to the debtors concerned giving them the opportunity either to pay their outstanding fines or appeal against them if they considered that the fines had been recorded incorrectly.

The table below details those diplomatic missions and international organisations which have outstanding fines from 2018 totalling £1,000 or more, as of 2 September 2019.

Diplomatic Mission/International Organisation

2018

Amount of Outstanding Fines

(excluding London Congestion Charge)

High Commission for the Federal Republic of Nigeria

£47,165

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

£19,765

High Commission for the Republic of Zambia

£17,000

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

£11,565

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

£9,785

Embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

£6,405

Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman

£6,115

Embassy of Libya

£5,715

Malaysian High Commission

£4,900

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

£4,050

High Commission for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

£4,000

Office of the High Commissioner for Ghana

£3,770

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania

£3,731

Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

£3,215

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

£3,110

High Commission for Sierra Leone

£3,080

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

£2,750

Embassy of the People's Republic of China

£2,655

Embassy of the State of Kuwait

£2,600

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

£2,420

Embassy of the State of Qatar

£2,280

Embassy of the Republic of Angola

£2,210

Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan

£2,150

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

£2,005

Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt

£1,890

High Commission for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

£1,885

High Commission for the Republic of Cameroon

£1,780

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

£1,630

Embassy of the Republic of Liberia

£1,445

Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

£1,430

Office of the High Commissioner for India

£1,365

Uzbekistan

£1,315

High Commission of Canada

£1,260

Embassy of the Russian Federation

£1,235

Embassy of France

£1,200

Embassy of the Republic of Poland

£1,190

Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan

£1,145

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

£1,105

Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain

£1,085

High Commission for the Republic of South Africa

£1,085

Embassy of the Republic of Yemen

£1,080

Embassy of Brazil

£1,040

Royal Thai Embassy

£1,040

High Commission for Kenya

£1,020

Embassy of the United States of America

£1,015

High Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania

£1,005

National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR): The majority of diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom pay the National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR) due from them. Diplomatic missions and international organisations 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.

Representations by Protocol Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to missions in 2018 led to the settlement of outstanding debts by a number of missions. £73,589 of the outstanding debt is owed by the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic – which is not currently represented in the UK and we have therefore been unable to pursue this debt. We continue to urge all those with NNDR debt to pay their dues.

The Missions listed below owed over £10,000 in respect of NNDR:

Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan

£164,178

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

£143,217

Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe

£124,175

Embassy of Libya

£94,519

Embassy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

£92,830

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

£88,568

High Commission for the Republic of Zambia

£74,794

High Commission for Sierra Leone

£70,088

High Commission for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

£64,492

Malaysian High Commission

£59,578

Uganda High Commission

£52,254

Embassy of the Russian Federation

£47,642

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

£41,658

High Commission for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

£37,001

High Commission for the Federal Republic of Nigeria

£36,975

Embassy of the Republic of Liberia

£36,149

Embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

£32,525

Kingdom of Eswatini High Commission

£29,860

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

£26,896

Embassy of the State of Qatar

£25,028

Embassy of the United States of America

£23,694

Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

£18,808

Embassy of Tunisia

£15,791

Embassy of Romania

£13,891

Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

£13,300

Embassy of the Republic of Angola

£12,293

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania

£12,143

Embassy of the Republic of Yemen

£11,964

The Gambia High Commission

£11,716

Embassy of the Republic of Haiti

£10,413

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 2018 as advised by Transport for London (TfL) was £116,868,825. The table below shows those diplomatic missions and international organisations with outstanding fines of £100,000 or more. FCO officials write to diplomatic missions and international organisations with large Congestion Charge debts annually, to encourage payment.

COUNTRY

NUMBER OF FINES

TOTAL OUTSTANDING

Embassy of the United States of America

102,255

£12,446,845

Embassy of Japan

69,690

£8,510,650

High Commission for the Federal Republic of Nigeria

58,102

£7,063,965

Office of the High Commissioner for India

47,654

£6,009,905

Embassy of the Russian Federation

48,535

£5,721,865

Embassy of the People's Republic of China

38,528

£5,051,880

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

37,275

£4,373,170

Embassy of the Republic of Poland

35,020

£4,345,760

Office of the High Commissioner for Ghana

31,895

£3,959,775

Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan

26,717

£3,358,585

The Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan

28,155

£3,353,420

High Commission for Kenya

22,813

£2,750,760

High Commission for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

18,197

£2,305,230

Embassy of France

18,783

£2,273,440

High Commission for the United Republic of Tanzania

17,038

£2,025,070

Embassy of the Republic of Korea

16,194

£2,020,120

Embassy of Spain

16,425

£1,979,560

Embassy of the Republic of Cuba

14,385

£1,806,960

Embassy of Algeria

14,206

£1,727,030

High Commission for the Republic of South Africa

13,931

£1,651,440

Embassy of Romania

13,579

£1,627,200

High Commission for Sierra Leone

13,148

£1,575,455

Embassy of Ukraine

12,310

£1,464,070

Embassy of Greece

12,261

£1,456,930

High Commission for the Republic of Cyprus

9,396

£1,152,870

Embassy of Hungary

9,508

£1,150,360

High Commission for the Republic of Zambia

8,333

£1,011,010

Embassy of the Republic of Yemen

7,879

£949,660

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria

7,139

£840,390

High Commission for Botswana

6,186

£768,040

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey

5,797

£752,240

High Commission for the Republic of Malawi

5,958

£722,145

High Commission for the Republic of Cameroon

6,117

£721,420

High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique

5,812

£706,960

Embassy of the Republic of Belarus

5,931

£700,965

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

5,631

£668,150

Embassy of the Slovak Republic

5,566

£653,980

High Commission for the Republic of Namibia

5,472

£646,070

High Commission for the Republic of Zimbabwe

5,561

£643,945

Kingdom of Eswatini High Commission

5,377

£636,350

Embassy of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

5,219

£635,660

High Commission for Malta

4,857

£596,975

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania

4,694

£590,985

High Commission for Mauritius

4,655

£559,575

Embassy of Austria

4,584

£556,740

Embassy of the Republic of Liberia

4,332

£542,030

Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

4,550

£537,690

Uganda High Commission

4,243

£519,580

High Commission for the Kingdom of Lesotho

4,157

£491,960

Embassy of Belgium

3,812

£463,220

Embassy of the Islamic State of Afghanistan

3,512

£427,840

Embassy of the Czech Republic

3,648

£426,270

Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

3,556

£425,800

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco

3,228

£423,790

High Commission for the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

3,043

£397,480

High Commission for Jamaica

3,173

£385,020

Royal Danish Embassy

3,076

£370,555

Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

2,932

£369,440

Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan

2,759

£357,990

Embassy of Tunisia

2,798

£357,840

Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

2,467

£323,920

Embassy of Portugal

2,357

£292,280

Embassy of the Republic of Latvia

2,332

£285,870

High Commission for Antigua & Barbuda

2,277

£281,795

Embassy of Finland

2,273

£278,010

Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

2,297

£267,640

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia

2,072

£260,930

Embassy of Luxembourg

2,031

£245,155

Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt

2,299

£243,220

High Commission for Belize

1,906

£243,090

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

1,845

£204,980

Embassy of the Republic of Guinea

1,731

£192,030

Embassy of Estonia

1,461

£181,140

Embassy of the State of Eritrea

1,315

£158,950

High Commission for Guyana

1,262

£154,010

Embassy of the Dominican Republic

1,245

£150,090

High Commission of the Republic of Seychelles

1,127

£145,455

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

1,052

£139,750

High Commission of the Republic of Maldives

1,086

£136,130

Embassy of El Salvador

996

£126,445

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

1,060

£115,170

Embassy of the Republic of Albania

839

£108,800

Embassy of the Republic of Moldova

876

£106,630

Figures for previous years are available in the Secretary for State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs’ written statement to the House on 18 December 2018 (HCWS1204) which can be found at: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-12-18/HCWS1204/

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS114