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Europe: Diplomatic Service

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what posts in each UK mission in Europe have been (a) downgraded and (b) ended in each financial year since 2000. (271450)

For the period 2000-01 to 2002-03 data are not held centrally and it would involve disproportionate cost to obtain it from across the network.

Limited information is available centrally for the period up to 2006-07.

PostDowngradedCut

From

To

2000-01 to 2002-03

No data available

No data available

No data available

No data available

2003-04

112 UK staff (no further data available)

2004-05

19 UK staff (no further data available)

2005-06

33 UK staff (no further data available)

2006-071

Ankara

C4

Berlin

B3,A2

Berne

B3

Brussels

SMS2

SMS1

D6x2; C4x9; B3; A2x3

D7

D6

Dublin

SMS3

SMS2

C4

Kyiv

SMS1

D7

Lille

SMS1

D7

Luxembourg

A2

Madrid

C4

Munich

C4

B3

Oslo

A2

Paris

SMS1

D7

A2

Pristina

C4

Rome

SMS3

SMS2

C4x2

Stockholm

C4

Valletta

SMS2

SMS1

B3

C4

B3

Vienna

B3; A2

2007-08

Ankara

LEVx2

Belgrade

LEIII; LEVx2

Berlin

D6; LEI; LEII; LEIII; LEIVx2; LEVx4

Bucharest

LEV

Copenhagen

B3

Gibraltar

A2; B3

Istanbul

B3; LEV

Kyiv

LEIII; LEIV; LEVx2

Lille

LEII

LEIII

Lisbon

SMS2

SMS1

Madrid

C4; LEIII; LEV

Milan

C5; LEIII; LEVxl.75

Munich

C4

Paris

SMS1;C4;B3

Prague

LEV

Skopje

LEII

Sofia

LEV

Rome

LEII

LEIII

D6x2; LEIII; LEIV LEVx2

The Hague

A2; C4

Valletta

C4

Warsaw

LEI; LEII; LEIIIx2; LEVx3

2008-09

Amsterdam

B3; C5

Athens

SMS2

SMS1

C4; B3; A2

Belgrade

LEV

Berlin

D6x2; C5; C4x2; LEII; LEII (part-time); LEIIIx4; LEV

Berne

A2; B3

Bratislava

D6; C4; A2

Brussels

D7; C5; C4; B3; A2

Bucharest

SMS1

D6

D6; C4; A2

Copenhagen

SMS2

SMS1

C4; LEIV

D7

D6

Dublin

D6; LEV

Gibraltar

C4

B3

Istanbul

D6

C4

Kyiv

SMS1

D7

C4; LEV

Lisbon

C4; B3

Ljubljana

D6; A2

Madrid

D6; B3; A2; LEIIx2

Munich

SMS1

C.5

Nicosia

SMS1

D7

C4

Paris

SMS2

SMS1

D6x3; B3x2; A2

Riga

D6

C4

B3

Rome

B3; LEII

Sarajevo

SMS2

SMS1

D6

Skopje

LEVx2

Sofia

C4

Stockholm

B3

The Hague

D6; B3

Tirana

A2

Valletta

SMS1

D7

A2; LEV

Vienna

LEII; LEIIIx2; LEIVx2; LEVx82

Vilnius

D6

Warsaw

LEII; LEIIIx4; LEIVx5; LEV x42

Zagreb

SMS2

SMS1

LEIIIx l.5

1 Data not available for locally employed staff.

2 Cut positions in Vienna and Warsaw include staff who transferred to facilities management provider, Interserve, in the first phase of the North West Europe Facilities Management Project in December 2008. In Vienna the following staff transferred to Interserve: LEII, LEIII (x2), LEIV (x2), LEV (x8). In Warsaw the following staff numbers transferred to Interserve: LEII, LEIII (x4), LEIV (x4) and LEV (x3).

In addition to permanent cuts to expenditure such as the Europe Zero Based Review the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has also downgraded and cut a number of UK based and locally engaged positions in Europe in order to reflect the changing patterns of carrying out business in Europe, and in order to generate resource for redeployment to emerging priorities elsewhere. These data reflect this.

These downgraded and ended posts have contributed to wider efficiency programmes across Europe which will continue during the current CSR period.

The data provided relate to Foreign and Commonwealth Office positions in Europe funded by Europe Directorate. These make up the significant majority of positions that have been downgraded or cut. Information is not held centrally for the small number of non-Europe Directorate-funded positions that have also been downgraded or ended.