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Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:32 pm on 13th March 2017.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Labour/Co-operative, Ilford South 7:32 pm, 13th March 2017

My hon. Friend is making a powerful case about the hollowing out of the FCO’s budget. On the question of linguists, has she seen the report on Russia from the Foreign Affairs Committee that we published last week? It describes the lack of expertise in the FCO for looking at Russia. Does she agree with me and the Committee that the FCO needs more resources if we are to confront and understand the problems being caused by Russia’s behaviour towards its neighbours?