Departmental Recruitment

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 1st March 2012.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford 1st March 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to encourage people leaving the armed forces to apply for positions in his Department.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1st March 2012

In line with the Government-wide recruitment freeze, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is only recruiting externally for a limited number of business-critical positions. The FCO has no plans specifically to encourage people leaving the armed forces to apply for these positions. All external recruitment into the FCO is based on merit, and all campaigns must be fair and open, in accordance with Civil Service Commission principles. Our recruitment policies and processes are designed to encourage applications from the widest possible range of backgrounds, including former armed forces personnel.

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