Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many full time equivalent staff worked on climate change and energy in (a) his Department's UK-based offices and (b) embassies, high commissions and other overseas posts in each year from and including 2010 to 2019.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) works actively across the international climate and energy agenda in partnership with the work of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and other government departments. Some of the functions previously filled by FCO staff are now delivered by officials in these departments, for example, international climate change strategy and policy.

Climate Change and Energy (CCE) work is a network-wide priority, so forms part of a wide range of officers' work, including Heads of Mission and staff at all levels. The time allocated varies widely from a very small part of an officer's time to full time work on CCE.

The table below shows numbers of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) FCO staff working on CCE issues. Staffing figures rely on individual staff members' recording of their activities.

Financial Year

FTE FCO Staff working in London

FTE FCO Staff working overseas

Total

2009/10

69.175

264.951

334.126

2010/11

47.493

204.508

252.001

2011/12

48.278

166.218

214.496

2012/13

43.840

169.939

213.779

2013/14

44.897

156.699

201.596

2014/15

41.482

162.824

204.306

2015/16

31.937

148.539

180.476

2016/17

18.77

111.86

130.63

2017/18

11.505

97.019

108.524

2018/19

10.19

96.712

106.902

2019/20

19.59

109.067

128.657

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