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UK Trade and Investment

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in which countries the number of UK Trade and Investment staff will be reduced in 2006-07. (110829)

Staff resources are being increased in the emerging markets in keeping with the commitment in UKTI’s strategy “Prosperity in a Changing World” published in July 2006, and reduced in 2006-07 in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Senegal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Uganda, USA, Uruguay and Zimbabwe.

As part of the process of resource redeployments, UKTI is introducing new and different ways of working, including hub and spoke arrangements, to provide a more efficient and effective service to customers in the developed markets.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether any UK Trade and Investment posts based in UK overseas missions are planned to be lost. (110856)

There are no plans to reduce the size of UK Trade and Investment’s overseas network as a whole. The commitment to increase resource in the emerging markets as set out in UKTI’s Strategy ‘Prosperity in a Changing World’, published in July 2006, has to be accomplished within UKTI’s existing resource envelope. Some UKTI posts are therefore being lost in the developed markets as resource is redeployed to the following emerging markets: Brazil, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Dubai, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Vietnam and Russia.