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Departmental Consultants

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff working for his Department in (a) France and (b) the US were employed as consultants in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not hold a central record of consultants working in overseas missions. Procurement activities are devolved to directorates in the UK and a network of nearly 270 posts overseas. The information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Any use of consultants would be subject to rigorous scrutiny and the acceptance of a business case.

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