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Diplomatic Service: Manpower

Volume 506: debated on Monday 1 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the potential effects on (a) security and (b) levels of fraud in respect of his Department's operations of the replacement of management officers in UK overseas missions as part of the Corporate Services Programme; and if he will make a statement. (319446)

The localisation of management slots under the Corporate Services Programme has been extensively discussed with relevant departments at home and overseas. We are satisfied that the implications for our security and incidence of fraud remain manageable. We continue to work with all our missions overseas to support them in ensuring the right controls are in place to handle risk effectively.