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Departments: Middle East

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many London-based departmental staff were assigned to working primarily on (a) the Middle East excluding Iraq and (b) Iraq in each year since 2000. (150553)

The following table shows the total number of London-based departmental staff working primarily on the Middle East from the financial years 2000-01 to 2007-08. We keep staffing levels under constant review against operational requirements and available resources.

Financial year

Middle East

Iraq

2000-01

45

1

2001-02

46

1

2002-03

49

1

2003-04

51

26

2004-05

52

33

2005-06

51

35

2006-07

44

35

2007-08

39

29

1 From financial year 2000-01 to 2002-03 Iraq fell under the wider Middle East and North Africa Directorate. Due to changes in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s management information systems over this period, it is not possible, without incurring disproportionate cost, to distinguish staff who worked on Iraq from those working in the wider directorate