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The Oslo and Paris Commissions (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1979

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PART IITHE COMMISSION

3.  The Oslo Commission and the Paris Commission (each of which is hereinafter referred to as the Commission) are organisations of which the United Kingdom and foreign sovereign Powers are members.

4.  The Commission shall have the legal capacities of a body corporate.

5.  The Commission shall have the like inviolability of official archives as, in accordance with the 1961 Convention Articles, is accorded in respect of the official archives of a diplomatic mission.

6.  Within the scope of its official activities, the Commission shall have the like exemption or relief from taxes, other than duties and taxes on the importation of goods, as is accorded to a foreign sovereign Power.

7.  The Commission shall have the like relief from rates on its official premises as, in accordance with Article 23 of the 1961 Convention Articles, is accorded in respect of the premises of a diplomatic mission.

8.  The Commission shall have exemption from duties (whether of customs or excise) and taxes on the importation of goods imported by the Commission and necessary for the exercise of its official activities, 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.

9.  The Commission shall have exemption from prohibitions and restrictions on importation or exportation in the case of goods imported or exported by the Commission and necessary for the exercise of its official activities and in the case of any publications of the Commission imported or exported by it within the scope of its official activities.

10.  The Commission shall have relief, under arrangements made by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise, by way of refund of duty (whether of customs or excise) paid on imported hydrocarbon oil (within the meaning of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 or value added tax paid on the importation of such oil which is bought in the United Kingdom and necessary for the exercise of the official activities of the Commission, such relief to be subject to compliance with such conditions as may be imposed in accordance with the arrangements.

11.  The Commission shall have relief, under arrangements made by the Secretary of State, by way of refund of car tax and value added tax paid on any new vehicles of United Kingdom manufacture which are necessary for the official activities of the Commission, and of value added tax paid on the supply of any other goods or services of substantial value which are necessary for the official activities of the Commission, such relief to be subject to compliance with such conditions as may be imposed in accordance with the arrangements.

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