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Departmental Foreign Workers

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals are employed by his Department. (256209)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and FCO Services employ only UK nationals in permanent civil service positions (of which there are currently 5,935) in the UK or overseas.

Our missions overseas employ a total of approximately 10,000 locally-recruited staff of various nationalities, both EU and non-EU. We do not hold records centrally of the nationalities of these staff.