House of Lords written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Luce Lord Luce Crossbench

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there is a Commonwealth co-ordination unit in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and, if so, how many officials work in it.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

There is a Commonwealth co-ordination team within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's International Organisations Department. The team has three core officials, though these are supported by senior officials and a much larger number of staff working both across individual Commonwealth countries and thematic issues on the Commonwealth agenda. In the three months leading up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala, the team of core staff increased to seven.

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