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British Overseas Territories

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are engaged in work relating to overseas territories. (273194)

[holding answer 7 May 2009]: There are 89 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials employed directly on UK Overseas Territories' issues. In addition, other staff with wider FCO responsibilities are called upon as necessary when specific issues arise in the Territories requiring specialist knowledge and expertise.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department’s staff work on issues related to the UK Overseas Territories; and if he will make a statement. (273267)

There are 89 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff employed directly on UK Overseas Territories’ issues. In addition, other staff with wider FCO responsibilities are called upon as necessary when specific issues arise in the territories requiring specialist knowledge and expertise.