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Departmental Manpower

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of posts in his Department were recategorised from back office to frontline posts as classified by the Gershon efficiency review in each year since 2004. (172253)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is committed to achieving workforce reductions of 310 over the period April 2004 to April 2008. This is a net target and no posts reallocated to the frontline are included in this figure. The target for reduction excludes the FCO public services, Consular and UKvisas, which are fully funded by passport and visas income and have expanded in response to increased demand for their services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) men and (b) women of each civil service grade are employed by his Department. (172740)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) publishes diversity statistics for its UK-based staff in its Annual Departmental Report (Table 10). The Office for National Statistics also publishes the statistics in its Annual Civil Service Statistics. The figures from the most recent departmental report (as at 1 February 2007) are:

FCO grade

Civil service—wide equivalent



Senior management structure

Senior Civil Servant



D Band

Grades 6/7



C Band

Senior Executive Officer/Higher Executive Officer



B Band

Executive Officer



A Band

Administrative Officer/Administrative Assistant



Copies of the departmental report are available from the Library of the House.