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Canada: Diplomatic Service

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) diplomatic and (b) commercial staff were employed in the British High Commission in Ottawa in each of the last five years. (190532)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Management Information system only goes back to 2005. Figures prior to this date are not available without incurring disproportionate cost. It is not possible to breakdown the numbers by category of employment. Staff numbers fluctuate due to officers leaving and arriving at post. There are no UK-based commercial staff in Ottawa.

Staff numbers are shown as follows.

1 April 2005—17

1 April 2006—17

1 April 2007—15

1 January 2008—17

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of maintaining the British High Commission in Ottawa was in the most recent year for which figures are available. (190533)

The cost of maintaining our High Commission in Ottawa in the financial year 2006-07 was as follows:

Locally Engaged Staff pay budget: £1.8 million for 75 staff and some seasonal relief staff

Administration Budget: £950,000

The cost of maintaining our High Commission in Ottawa in the financial year 2007-08 is as follows:

Locally Engaged Staff pay budget: £1.9 million for 80 staff and some seasonal relief staff

Administration Budget: £1.1 million

All utility costs stand at approximately £123,000 for the office building, High Commissioner’s Residence and staff properties.