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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:13 pm on 30th March 2009.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee 4:13 pm, 30th March 2009

My right hon. Friend referred earlier to conflict prevention. Does he share my concern that because of the pressures that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's budget is under, it has had to reallocate resources for paying international subscriptions? That includes reducing the resources available for conflict prevention in Africa, as well as in other parts of the world. I understand the problems that he has, but does he agree that the Government as a whole should pick up the consequences of changes in exchange rates and not put the pressure on the FCO's budget?

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