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Departmental Public Expenditure

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 214W, on departmental public expenditure, whether he expects there to be a shortfall between the estimated savings to be made by his Department and its agencies in 2010-11 and the estimated loss to his Department’s budget for that year arising from exchange rate movements. (320808)

[holding answer 5 March 2010]: I am confident that on the basis of the measures my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced in his written statement to the House of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 53WS, including those additional elements of streamlining and cost-saving mentioned there which have yet to be finalised, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will be able to continue to deliver a world-class and comprehensive diplomatic service for the UK within its departmental expenditure limit.