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Global Britain

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:42 pm on 30th January 2020.

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Photo of Bob Seely Bob Seely Conservative, Isle of Wight 3:42 pm, 30th January 2020

I want to make a point about pay and conditions. We produced a “Global Britain” study last year, and one of the things that surprised me is that ambassadors do not always have line management of all staff in embassies, so if people are from DFID or the MOD, it is more difficult for them to fall under a cohesive and integrated approach to management. People were also on different salaries for doing the same job, very often to the detriment of the Foreign Office. It would be very good if, in the foreign and defence review, these things were ironed out, because it would be an encouragement to folks in the Foreign Office and actually valuable for them.