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Middle East: Diplomatic Service

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK diplomatic posts in the Middle East and South Asia will receive additional staff under the diplomatic surge strategy; which will receive additional staff and how many each will receive; and when the new staff are expected to be in post in each case. (179167)

On current plans, the 10 posts listed will receive additional staff. Numbers by post have yet to be decided. The intention is that wherever possible staff will be in their new positions by April 2009.

New Delhi

Islamabad

Dhaka

Kabul

Baghdad

Riyadh

Cairo

Sana’a

Rabat

Dubai

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the proposed 30 per cent. increase in staff in UK diplomatic posts in the Middle East and South Asia includes locally-employed staff; and if he will make a statement. (179169)

The increase refers to numbers of UK based frontline policy staff only. Decisions on local staff manning levels are devolved to individual posts who employ the appropriate number to deliver their objectives.