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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Frank Roy Frank Roy Labour, Motherwell and Wishaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how additional funding allocated by his Department to work in China is being spent.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

In November 2011, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), agreed to invest an additional £4 million per annum in the China network to deliver a significant increase in our presence, aimed at increasing our reach, engagement, understanding and influence in China. This uplift is being spent on more staff who have been accommodated via a small reconfiguration of our existing office estate.

Over financial year 2012-13, the China network spent almost £300,000 on additional programme activity. This funded 29 projects across China, supporting our objectives in areas including low carbon development, judicial reform, civil society, policing, economic reform, crisis management, and promoting the UK through activities alongside the GREAT campaign. A further £300,000 has been allocated for 2013-14.

A second programme of investment to upgrade our estate across China is now in the initial stages of planning, aimed at creating a modern, efficient and fit for purpose estate.

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