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Defence Export Services Organisation: Offices

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the overseas offices of the Defence Export Services Organisation are situated; when each office was established; how many staff are employed in each; and what the cost of each (a) was in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07 and (b) is expected to be in 2007-08. (156339)

The information on overseas offices of the Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) is set out in the following table. The entries for Kuwait and Saudi Arabia refer to trade promotion offices. These are separate from the Project Offices in those countries, information about which I gave the hon. Member in a written answer on 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 504W. The two project offices were established in Saudi Arabia in 1987, and in Kuwait in 1993. Customer governments meet the costs of the project offices and I am withholding that information as its release would be likely to prejudice relations with those governments.

DESO Overseas Offices

Office

Date established

Staff numbers April 20071

Cost 2005-06 (£000)2

Cost 2006-07 (£000)2

Cost 2007-08 (£000)2

Kuwait

1988

2

89

128

135

India

1984

5

177

136

177

Libya

2006

1

60

114

UAE

1999

2

77

101

81

Qatar3

1998

1

100

91

27

Oman

2003

3

204

218

238

Saudi Arabia

2004

1

95

101

103

Brunei

1995

2

117

125

130

Australia

1989

2

84

81

100

South Korea

1988

3

184

269

242

Japan

2003

2

145

107

169

Singapore4

2001

0

98

160

-

Malaysia

1986

5

190

173

167

Vietnam

2005

1

7

16

17

Turkey

1998

1

32

31

41

Chile

2003

2

134

175

92

Romania

2004

2

110

141

144

Greece

2000

2

117

130

141

Brazil

2003

1

12

12

15

South Africa

2000

1

82

88

80

Trinidad and Tobago5

2005

111

24

1 Figures include locally employed staff. Part-time staff are counted as whole. 2 Costs for 2007-08, and some costs in the earlier years, have been estimated. 3 Office closed June 2007. 4 Office closed in March 2007 5 Post discontinued January 2007.