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Departments: Temporary Accommodation

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2007, Official Report, column 2004W, on departments: temporary accommodation, for how long the British Embassy Officer has been living in a tent in Juba, Sudan; and for what reason secure permanent accommodation has not been available for this officer hitherto. (156400)

[holding answer 8 October 2007]: The officer has been living in a tent on the secure compound of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Juba since November 2005. Permanent accommodation that meets Government security requirements has not been available. Local infrastructure is poor due to the impact of the prolonged civil war there. Many other Juba-based international staff are similarly accommodated. As the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Meg Munn), noted in her answers to the hon. Member on 10 September 2007, Official Report, columns 2004-05W, and Official Report, column 2008W, our Embassy in Khartoum is pursuing options to upgrade the officer's accommodation and aims to have a solution in place by early 2008.