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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which other Government Departments he consulted prior to his written ministerial statement of 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 22-24WS, on FCO scholarships and fellowships, announcing that his Department would phase out its funding for Commonwealth Scholarships from 2009.
The changes to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) scholarship schemes are rooted in our 2006 review of the Chevening scholarship programme, on which the FCO consulted widely. My right hon. Friend did not consult other Government Departments before making his statement.