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July 22, 2002

Question written on 22/07/2002

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of secondees from her Department to British embassies and consulates overseas in the last 12 months.

Answered by Patricia Hewitt

DTI does not second staff to British embassies and consulates overseas. DTI staff taking up postings overseas go on loan to the FCO at no cost to DTI. One position overseas is currently funded by DTI and in the last 12 months the total cost to the Department has been circa 100,000. DTI does, however, fund short-term training attachments to overseas posts for DTI staff under the “Overseas Attachment Training Scheme”. This provides for up to 12 staff each year to work in a commercial section overseas for s