Diplomatic Posts

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th March 2005.

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Photo of Mr John Wilkinson Mr John Wilkinson Conservative, Ruislip - Northwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British diplomatic posts were (a) gained and (b) lost during calendar year 2004 to the personnel establishments of UK Missions in (i) Council of Europe member states including international bodies of which the UK is a member located in Europe, (ii) Africa and (iii) Latin America including Belize and the Dominican Republic.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Trade) (also Department of Trade and Industry), Minister of State (Department of Trade and Industry) (Trade) (also Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

holding answer 24 February 2005

The introduction of a new IT system means that information is not available from the start of calendar year 2004. New data from this system are also not completely comparable with the previous arrangement.

Subject to this caveat, the changes in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's personnel establishments between October 2003 and December 2004 in the areas in question were as follows:

(i) Council of Europe member states including international bodies of which the UK is a member located in Europe. Plus 25.

(ii) Africa. Plus 67.

(iii) Latin America including Belize and the Dominican republic. Plus 8.

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