To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the oral contribution of the Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service to the Foreign Affairs Committee on 10 November 2020 on having a smaller number of directors in the Department for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to ensure (a) development and (b) diplomatic expertise at that level.
When the two organisations merged, some Director roles had significant overlap. We have addressed this as part of the new director structure that will have 42 positions overall. Our new director group will bring together the best of both legacy organisations and fully integrate development and foreign policy expertise. A director-level restructuring exercise is underway and will conclude in December.