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Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development

Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development missions have been combined under the co-location programme; and when the benefits of co-location will be assessed. [HL4203]

Since the start of the Comprehensive Spending Round 07 period, Department for International Development (DfID) missions in Brasilia, Georgetown, Harare, Kampala and Lilongwe have co-located with Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) posts. The FCO is currently co-located with DfID in a total of 28 overseas sites, and are working with DfID on 10 further co-location projects.

Each co-location proposal is assessed on the basis of a cost benefits analysis carried out between DfID and the FCO. This considers both financial and non financial elements with a focus on achieving best value for the Government. Ongoing assessment of joint missions will take place as part of annual budget planning exercises.