To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in the embassy in Washington deal with civil aviation matters; what are their grades; and what are their individual job specifications.
The transport policy section of the embassy comprises three diplomatic staff, some of whose time is dedicated to civil aviation matters as follows:
- Counsellor (assistant secretary): Approx 30 per cent.
- First Secretary (principal): Approx 25 per cent.
- Second secretary (senior executive officer): Approx 40 per cent.
- These are in addition two United Kingdom-based secretaries (S2s) in the section.