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Diplomatic Service

Volume 504: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the evidence of the Permanent Under-Secretary to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on 9 December 2009, HC 145-i, question 10, at which overseas posts local staff have (a) lost overtime payments, (b) been asked to take involuntary unpaid leave and (c) been asked to work four-day weeks. (311592)

Decisions about overtime, unpaid leave and working patterns for locally engaged staff are devolved to delegated budget holders and individual posts. Comprehensive information on these decisions are not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.