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Africa

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:52 pm on 30th March 2009.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Conservative, Banbury 4:52 pm, 30th March 2009

Are not Mr. Clarke and the Minister pursuing the wrong point? In the view of many of us who are supporters of the Foreign Office, the point is that the Foreign Office's budget has been squeezed. This is not an attack on the Foreign Office. Ministers, including the Secretary of State, need to understand that many Conservative Members recognise that its resources are being continuously stretched. The Foreign Office consists, literally, of resources, people and buildings, and people are very important. Where the Foreign Office's budget has been squeezed in recent years is in its resources for Africa, and that is cause for concern.

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