UK Trade and Investment

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

(1) what changes have been made to the overseas network of UK Trade and Industry to deliver the increase in the UK profile in (a) China, (b) India, (c) Brazil, (d) Indonesia, (e) Mexico, (f) Russia, (g) Saudi Arabia, (h) South Africa, (i) Turkey and (j) the United Arab Emirates as set out in the July 2005 five year strategy on prosperity in a changing world; and if he will make a statement;

(2) in which countries in UK Trade and Industry's overseas network staff reallocations took place in the financial years (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 to date; what further reallocations are planned in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09; and if he will list these changes.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

As part of UK Trade and Investment's (UKTI) Strategy, "Prosperity in a Changing World", £5.6 million of resources has been redeployed to help achieve a step change in the UK's profile in emerging markets. As a direct result of this exercise, UKTI staff resources (full-time equivalents (FTEs) of UK based civil servants and locally employed staff (local)) have now been reinforced in the following markets, which include China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and the UAE:

2006-07 market FTE UK-based FTE local
Brazil 3
China 2 2
Hong Kong 1
India 2
Malaysia 1
Mexico
Qatar 1 2
Russia 1
Saudi Arabia 1
South Africa 1
Total 10 7
2007-08 market FTE UK-based FTE LE
Brazil 3 1
China 7 5
Hong Kong 1 3
India 6 2
Indonesia 1
Malaysia
Mexico 2 3
Russia 1 8
Saudi Arabia 1
Singapore 1
South Africa 1
Taiwan 4
Thailand 1 0
Turkey 1 5
Vietnam 1 0
Total 25 33
2007-08 market FTE UK-based Planned LE
China 2
Dubai 1
India 7
Saudi Arabia 1 1
Vietnam 1
Total 4 9
2008-09 market FTE UK-based Planned LE
China
Dubai
Russia 2
Turkey 1
Vietnam
Total 3 0

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