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Departmental Accountancy

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what items of his Department’s (a) revenue and (b) expenditure are uprated using (i) the consumer price index, (ii) the retail price index and (iii) other measures of inflation. (180037)

We do not link any changes in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's revenue or expenditure directly to the consumer price index or the retail price index.

We adjust the cost of living allowances, which we pay to staff serving overseas, every six months. We base changes in these allowances (up or down) on indices and data collected by Employment Conditions Abroad.