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International Headquarters and Defence Organisations Act 1964

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1 International headquarters and defence organisations.U.K.

(1)Where in pursuance of any arrangements for common defence to which Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom are for the time being a party any international headquarters or defence organisation has been or is about to be set up, Her Majesty may by Order in Council designate the headquarters or organisation for the purposes of this Act and confer on it the legal capacity of a body corporate and, to such extent as may be specified in the Order,—

(a)immunity from suit and legal process;

(b)the like privileges as respects the inviolability of official archives as are accorded to an envoy of a foreign sovereign power accredited to Her Majesty.

(2)Where any headquarters or organisation is designated by an Order in Council under this section the M1Visiting Forces Act 1952 shall have effect with the adaptations set out in the Schedule to this Act, being adaptations for extending certain provisions of that Act to the headquarters or organisation and certain persons connected with it.

(3)An Order in Council under this section may be varied or revoked by a subsequent Order in Council.

(4)No recommendation shall be made to Her Majesty in Council to make an Order under this section unless a draft thereof has been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

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