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Embassies

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which British embassies have closed permanently in the last 10 years. (250841)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has permanently closed seven embassies since 1999. Details are as follows:

Financial year of closure

Country

Post name

2003-04

Mali

Bamako

2003-04

El Salvador

San Salvador

2003-04

Honduras

Tegucigalpa

2003-04

Nicaragua

Managua

2005-06

Madagascar

Antananarivo

2005-06

Paraguay

Asuncion

2006-07

East Timor

Dili

Operations were also suspended in our embassy in Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) in April 2005 due to the security situation, although we maintain one diplomatic representative there.

The FCO continuously reviews the deployment of its resources and aligns them flexibly in line with UK interests to the benefit of the British taxpayer.