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Executive Agencies

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which executive agencies are the responsibility of her Department; what the function is of each agency; and what the budget was of each agency in the most recent year for which figures are available. (116743)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is responsible for the following executive agencies:

Wilton Park

Which contributes to the Government's strategic priorities by delivering conferences on key international themes, bringing together decision-makers and opinion-formers from around the world to address the most pressing global issues. Wilton Park's financial target is to cover its running costs through raising conference and commercial income. The target turnover in 2006-07 is £4 million.

FCO Services

Became an Executive Agency of the FCO on 1 April 2006 and has yet to submit its first set of financial statements. It was set up in 1999 to provide the FCO with co-ordinated support services on a global basis in support of the FCO’s worldwide objectives. As part of the modernisation of Government, FCO Services now offers its services to a wider customer base including other Government Departments. FCO Services forecasts a turnover of around £120 million per annum with the FCO being its main customer and with wider market customers accounting for an ever increasing share of revenues.