Official Gifts

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 9th July 2015.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour, West Bromwich East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what value of gifts were bought for foreign dignitaries visiting UK embassies in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

This information is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance on gift-giving is that staff should ensure that gifts, advantages and hospitality given is appropriate, proportionate and open. Gifts would not normally be given to foreign dignitaries visiting a British Embassy in a third country.

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