Diplomatic Service

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Keith Simpson Keith Simpson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) cost, (b) print run and (c) distribution of the Diplomatic Service List was in the last financial year before its discontinuation.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Diplomatic Service List was last published by The Stationery Office in 2006. They met all production costs for a print run of 2,200 copies. Of these, 1,020 copies were purchased by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, at a discounted cost of £18,400. The Stationery Office sold the balance to other Whitehall Departments and the public; typical customers including local councils, reference and public libraries, parliamentarians and researchers.

Staff costs, incurred by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, totalled one full time member of staff, to manage the information in a dedicated database, and short-term limited contributions from three staff during the annual collation process.

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