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Holy See

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the British embassy to the Holy See cost in 2010-11 per citizen of the Vatican City.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Our embassy to the Holy See cost £849,584 in 2010-11. There are around 400 citizens (and 800 residents) of the Vatican City. Spending per citizen of the Vatican City in 2010-11 was therefore around £2,124. It should, however, be noted that our embassy is to the Holy See, whose global network consists of about 5,000 bishops working with 500,000 priests and 800,000 religious across 220,000 parishes, rather than to the 400 citizens of the Vatican City.

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