To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what external policy research his Department has commissioned in each of the last six years; from which organisation each such piece of research was commissioned; and what the cost of each such piece of research was.
Research in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is primarily undertaken by our in-house Research Analysts. In line with its commitment to open policy making, the FCO also commissions some external research from a range of organisations and businesses in the UK and through our Posts overseas. This is funded from devolved Departmental and Post budgets. As potentially relevant data are not held centrally, a full list of commissions for the last six years could only be provided at disproportionate cost.