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Latin America

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department’s staff were based in Latin America at the latest date for which figures are available; where in Latin America each such member of staff was based; how many staff he plans to be based in Latin America in each of the next three years; and where each will be located. (197467)

Currently 29 members of the Department for International Development (DFID) staff are based in Latin America. 12 are based in Managua, nine in Brasilia and eight in La Paz.

The offices in La Paz and Managua will close in September 2008 and April 2009 respectively. The Brazil office will continue to operate but with eight staff in 2008-09.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department’s UK-based staff have been dedicated to working on matters relating to Latin America in each of the last five years; and how many will be dedicated in each of the next three years. (197476)

The numbers of Department for International Development staff based in the UK and working on Latin America over the last five years are shown in the table as follows.

Financial year

Number of Latin America posts based in UK

2007-08

8

2006-07

10.5

2005-06

14.5

2004-05

16.5

2003-04

16.5

The staffing structure for the UK/Latin America Team for the next three years is still under discussion.