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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's jobs have been relocated from London to each region of the UK in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The FCO is committed to locating staff outside London where this makes business sense. Over the last 10 years, as part of the Lyons review, we have moved staff from London to both Northgate House in Milton Keynes and Hanslope Park, Hanslope. To confirm how many individual positions have moved from London to the Southeast over the last 10 years would incur disproportionate costs. However, the following tables set out the location of FCO-only staff in March 2008 and March 2013:

Headcount
Year London Outside London Total
2013 2,611 315 2,926
2008 2,497 176 2,673
Percentage
Year London Outside London
2013 89 11
2008 93 7

These figures are for the FCO only. They do not include the FCO Agencies, which are FCO Services and Wilton Park. In addition to these numbers, a majority of the 880 FCO Services staff are outside London working at Hanslope Park or overseas.

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