To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the budget was for the Soft Power and External Affairs office within his Department in each year since 2010.
11 January 2021
We have not included pre-2018 figures as staff numbers and departmental administration budgets in that period are not directly comparable.
Number of staff in soft power and external affairs teams
Admin budget of soft power and external affairs teams (£)
Programme budget of soft power and external affairs teams (£)(opening allocations)
FY 18/19 FCO
FY 19/20 FCO
FY 20/21 FCO(until 1 September 2020)
FY 20/21 FCDO(from 2 September 2020)
* This includes the FCDO Soft Power Team, and the external affairs function of the FCDO Corporate and Internal Communication Team, which includes former FCO and DfID staff.
** This only covers soft power. There is no separate budget for external affairs, since it is just one function of a team with other responsibilities.