Diplomatic Service: Protection and Security

Home Office written question – answered on 24 March 2023.

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Photo of Navendu Mishra Navendu Mishra Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make an assessment of the adequacy of protection and security for diplomatic (a) staff, (b) families and (c) premises buildings in the UK.

Photo of Thomas Tugendhat Thomas Tugendhat Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The security and dignity of diplomatic missions in the UK, and their staff, is of utmost concern and His Majesty’s Government fully recognises our obligations under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The right to gather lawfully and demonstrate a point of view is a basic democratic right. But rights to lawful protest do not extend to violent or threatening behaviour.

Our protective security system is rigorous and proportionate. However, it is our long-standing policy not to provide detailed information on diplomatic security arrangements. To do so could compromise the integrity of those arrangements and affect the security of the individuals and locations concerned.

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