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Departmental Manpower

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether officials posted to UK embassies overseas who are not officials of his Department operate under the authority of the British Ambassador in that country; and if he will make a statement. (307050)

Staff of other Government Departments work under the authority of the Head of Post of the Mission in which they serve. They work to the objectives of their own Departments but the Head of Post has the right to issue instructions on any matter affecting the overall work and safety of the Mission and the Government's interest in the country concerned, and to take decisions on issues such as waiver of immunity or removal of a member of staff from post.