European Union: Diplomatic Service

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) UK-based and (b) locally-engaged staff were employed by the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

holding answer 1 February 2008

The number of staff working at the Office of our Permanent Representative to the European Union for the past three years is set out in the table as follows.

January UK based Locally engaged
2006(1) 118 53
2007 91 52
2008 95 55
(1) The figure for 2006 includes temporary reinforcements for the UK Presidency of the EU in the second half of 2005.

To compile data on the staffing levels at our Permanent Representation to the EU, prior to 2005-06 would incur disproportionate costs.

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