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Departmental Buildings

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK embassies provide office space to officials of the Department for International Development; and how much is charged to that Department for that provision. (314181)

Co-location is the preferred option for both the Department for International Development (DfID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

We have 27 co-locations (Kabul, Luanda, Sarajevo, Brazilia, Rangoon, Phnom Penh, Kinshasa, Addis Ababa, Georgetown, Baghdad, Kingston, Amman, Nairobi, Lilongwe, Chisinau, Islamabad, Moscow, Kigali, Belgrade, Dushanbe, Dar Es Salaam, Bangkok, Kampala, Hanoi, Sana'a, Lusaka and Harare), which include locations where DfID occupy office space supplied by the FCO, share the same building as the FCO (all the named above except Kabul, Kinshasa, Addis Ababa, Islamabad, Moscow, Kampala, and Hanoi) or where DfID own properties on land provided by the FCO. We have a further 11 co-location projects in various stages of planning.

In 2008-09, the FCO charged DfID a total of £648,000 on the basis of office space occupied and services consumed.