The Ambassador in Great Britain (Bingham) to the Secretary of State

No. 182

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s instruction No. 58 of August 15, 1933, directing me to take up informally with the British authorities the question of the taxes on automobiles operated by American consular officers stationed in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with a view to ascertaining whether exemption is granted to any foreign consular officers stationed in Great Britain and whether exemption would be granted to American consular officers from taxes on their automobiles, on a reciprocal basis.

This matter was taken up informally with the appropriate Foreign Office official on August 29, and I enclose a copy of a letter dated September 637 which the Embassy has received in reply. This letter explains that no exemptions are granted to foreign consular officers in the United Kingdom with respect to the payment of annual taxes on automobiles, and also gives the Foreign Office’s view that it would not be possible to make any arrangements for the exemption of United States Consuls from payment of these taxes, on a reciprocal basis.

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Respectfully yours,

For the Ambassador:
Ray Atherton

Counselor of Embassy
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