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Embassies

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 158W, on embassies, if he will list the (a) (i) name, (ii) location and (iii) function of the (A) seven embassies, (B) four embassy offices, (C) one office and (D) six consulates opened since 1997 and (b) three consulates upgraded to embassies. (181049)

The missions referred to in my answer to the right hon. Member on 10 December 2007, Official Report, column 158W are as follows:

Post name

Country

Status

Posts opened

2000-01

Tripoli

Libya

British Embassy

2001-02

Kabul

Afghanistan

British Embassy

2001-02

Pyongyang

Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

British Embassy

2001-02

Dushanbe

Tajikistan

British Embassy

2002-03

Chisinau

Moldova

British Embassy

2002-03

Dili1

East Timor

British Embassy

2004-05

Baghdad

Iraq

British Embassy

1997-98

BanjaLuka

Bosnia and Herzegovina

British Embassy Office

2004-05

Basra

Iraq

British Embassy Office

2004-05

Kirkuk

Iraq

British Embassy Office

2006-07

Almaty2

Kazakhstan

British Embassy Office

1999-2000

Pristina

Kosovo (Serbia)

British Office

1999-2000

Chongqing

China

British Consulate General

1999-2000

Gothenburg

Sweden

British Consulate General

2000-01

Conakry

Guinea

British Consulate

2000-01

Bamako1

Mali

British Consulate

2000-01

Port-au-Prince

Haiti

British Consulate

2000-01

Denver

USA

British Consulate

Posts upgraded to embassies

2001-02

Asmara

Eritrea

British Embassy

2001-02

Bamako1

Mali

British Embassy

2002-03

Conakry

Guinea

British Embassy

1 Posts opened and closed during this period.

2 Office left in place after embassy relocation to Astana.

Note:

Year—April to March

The size and role of British embassies and high commissions differ from post to post, but most are comprised of the following Sections: Consular, Visa, Commercial, Political/Press and Public Affairs, and Management. A British embassy office is a subsidiary of the embassy.

Consulates and Consulate Generals are subordinate posts which carry out a range of functions mainly comprising of Consular, Commercial and Visa work.

The British Office in Pristina is responsible for managing the UK’s relationships with the UN Mission in Kosovo, the Provisional Institutions of Self-government and other local actors.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to manage our overseas network to reflect changing demands and challenges, ensuring that our resources are aligned with our priorities, and that the UK has a cost-effective and flexible network of overseas representation. We will continue to adjust our estate assets in individual countries to meet our operational needs.