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Strategic Shrinkage

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth Labour, Coventry North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria his Department uses to (a) define and (b) quantify strategic shrinkage.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office regards strategic shrinkage as a reduction in Britain's diplomatic network and our ability to build productive relationships which further our national interests.

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