Inter-governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order, 1959

Publication Date:January 01, 1959
 
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1959No. 1296

The Inter-governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order, 1959

28thJuly1959

4thNovember1959

ARRANGEMENT OF ORDER

PART I. The Organisation.

PART II. Representatives.

PART III. Officers.

PART IV. Experts.

PART V. General.

At the Court of Saint James, the 28th day of July, 1959

Present,

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Her Royal Highness The Princess Alexandra of Kent

Lord President Mr. Brooke

Earl of Selkirk Mr. Aubrey Jones

Whereas Her Majesty, in pursuance of the Regency Acts, 1937 to 1953, was pleased, by Letters Patent dated the fifteenth day of June, 1959, to delegate to the following Counsellors of State (subject to the exceptions hereinafter mentioned) or any two or more of them, that is to say, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent and Her Royal Highness The Princess Alexandra of Kent, full power and authority during the period of Her Majesty's absence from the United Kingdom to summon and hold on Her Majesty's behalf Her Privy Council and to signify thereat Her Majesty's approval for anything for which Her Majesty's approval in Council is required:

And Whereas Her Majesty was further pleased to except from the number of the said Counsellors of State His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent and Her Royal Highness The Princess Alexandra of Kent while absent from the United Kingdom:

And Whereas a draft of this Order has been laid before Parliament in accordance with section six of the International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) Act, 1950(a), (hereinafter referred to as the Act), and an address has been presented by each House of Parliament praying that an Order may be made in the terms of the said draft:

Now, therefore, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Her Royal Highness The Princess Alexandra of Kent, being authorised thereto by the said Letters Patent, and in pursuance of the powers conferred by the Act or otherwise in Her Majesty vested, do hereby, by and with the advice of Her Majesty's Privy Council, on Her Majesty's behalf order, and it is hereby ordered, as follows:—

PART I

THE ORGANISATION

1. The Inter-governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation (hereinafter referred to as the Organisation) is an Organisation of which the United Kingdom and foreign sovereign Powers are members.

2. The Organisation shall have the legal capacities of a body corporate and, except in so far as in any particular case it has expressly waived its immunity, immunity from suit and legal process. No waiver of immunity shall be deemed to extend to any measure of execution.

3. The Organisation shall have the like inviolability of official archives and premises occupied as offices as is accorded in respect of the official archives and premises of an envoy of a foreign sovereign Power accredited to Her Majesty.

4. The Organisation shall have the like exemption or relief from taxes and rates, other than taxes on the importation of goods, as is accorded to a foreign sovereign Power.

5. The Organisation shall have exemption from taxes on the importation of goods directly imported by the Organisation for its official use in the United Kingdom or for exportation, or on the importation of any publications of the Organisation directly imported by it, such exemption to be subject to compliance with such conditions as the Commissioners of Customs and Excise may prescribe for the protection of the Revenue.

6. The Organisation shall have exemption from prohibitions and restrictions on importation or exportation in the case of goods directly imported or exported by the Organisation for its official use and in the case of any publications of the Organisation directly imported or exported by it.

7. The Organisation shall have the right to avail itself, for telegraphic communications sent by it and containing only matter intended for publication by the press or for broadcasting...

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