§ Mr. Ron Brown
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many European Community countries are in rates arrears for diplomatic properties in London; what are the respective amounts involved; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
[holding answer 20 July 1990]: The Rating of Government Property Department collects the beneficial portion of the rates on properties occupied by diplomats. The following members of the European Communities have arrears outstanding in respect of claims made to date
£ France 91,856.89 Portugal 2,031.34
The Rating of Government Property Department and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regularly approach countries that are in arrears and urge them to make payment.