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Overseas Missions

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many overseas missions the United Kingdom opened in each of the last nine years. (112847)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has opened 30 missions over the last nine years. These were a combination of new posts and upgradings of existing representations. Six of these new posts have since been closed. The following table shows the number of posts opened during each year over this period.

March-April each year

Missions opened

1997-98

1

1998-99

1

1999-2000

4

2000-01

9

2001-02

7

2002-03

2

2003-04

0

2004-05

3

2005-06

0

2006-07

3

Total

30

The FCO continuously reviews the deployment of its resources, assessing them flexibly, in line with UK interests, and to the benefit of the British taxpayer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many visa applications were (a) received by post and (b) made in person at British Missions overseas in the latest year for which figures are available; (113041)

(2) how many visa applications were (a) received by post and (b) made in person at (a) the British Embassy, Beijing, (b) the British Consulate General, Shanghai, (c) the British Consulate General, Guangzhou, (d) the British Consulate General, Chongqing and (e) all British Missions in China in the latest year for which figures are available.

The information requested by the hon. Member is set out as follows:

Applications for FY 2005-06Applications for FY 2006-07 (April-November 2006)

By post

In person

By post

In person

Global

207,495

1,099,454

142,790

519,300

Post

Beijing

7

261

4

1,161

Chongqing

0

1,437

0

1,622

Guangzhou

0

4,291

6

3,996

Shanghai

5

467

2

261

Country

China

12

19,680

2,907

18,341

Note:

The total figures for China include the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.

Source:

Monthly Statistical Report