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Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Whether those who are appointed as United Kingdom ambassadors have visited England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to familiarise themselves with the local cultures and economic and political climates before taking up their posts.[HL7055]

Heads of mission have specific briefing programmes before they take up their appointments that cover in detail all aspects of their responsibilities to represent all parts of the United Kingdom.