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David Manning: Gifts

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2007, Official Report, column 999W, on David Manning: gifts, what the cost was of the dress presented to the US Secretary of State Rice by the UK Ambassador to the US; what guidance he has issued on the presentation of gifts by diplomatic staff to foreign politicians; and if he will make a statement. (160494)

The dress in question was a private gift and was not a charge on public funds. However, more generally any expenditure authorised by diplomatic service staff is governed by the provisions of diplomatic service regulations. This document forms part of diplomatic service terms and conditions which apply to all diplomatic service staff and includes a code of ethics. One of the core values contained in the regulations is to “ensure that public money and other resources are used properly and efficiently”.