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Departmental Manpower

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many non-UK nationals his Department employs directly. (276834)

All UK-based staff directly employed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are UK nationals, apart from a small number for whom exception is made under the Aliens' Employment Act 1955. Each exception must be personally approved of by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary.

The FCO currently employs 5,400 UK civil servants including just under 900 staff in FCO Services, which became a trading fund on 1 April 2008.

The FCO employs 10,400 locally engaged staff at its posts overseas. We do not hold central records of the nationalities of these staff.

The nationality requirements do not apply to either locally engaged staff or to contractors as they are not directly employed by the FCO.