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Departmental Responsibilities

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the roles and responsibilities are of each Minister in his Department. (284600)

The roles and responsibilities of each Minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are as follows:

Right hon. David Miliband MP: Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Overall responsibility for the work of the Office

Strategy and Policy Planning



Whitehall Liaison Department

Right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown: Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, attending Cabinet

Afghanistan and South Asia


United Nations

Human Rights

Global Issues


Ministerial Oversight for FCO Services

Ivan Lewis’ business, plus Public Diplomacy (including British Council and BBC World Service) in the Lords

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead: Minister of State (Europe)

European Union

Europe, including Balkans, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

Russia, South Caucasus, Central Asia

Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Council of Europe

FCO finance

Chris Bryant’s business in the Lords (except Public Diplomacy)

Ivan Lewis MP: Minister of State

Middle East

Counter Terrorism

Counter Proliferation

South East Asia and Far East

North America

Middle East and North Africa

Drugs and International Crime


North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Leads on Lord Malloch-Brown’s business in the Commons

Chris Bryant MP: Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State

Overseas Territories

South America

Caribbean and Central America

Australasia and Pacific

Consular policy


Shanghai Expo 2010


HR and Diversity

Public Diplomacy, including British Council and BBC World Service

Leads on Baroness Kinnock’s business in the Commons, including Europe

Lord Mervyn Davies of Abersoch CBE: Minister for Trade and Investment

UK Trade and Investment (joint Minister with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Baroness Taylor of Bolton: Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State

Liaison with MOD on security and defence policy issues (joint with Ministry of Defence)

This information is publicly available on the FCO website: