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Soft Power and External Affairs Department: Staff

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 134088, tabled on 6 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many staff were employed in the Soft Power and External Affairs office within his Department in each year since 2010.

Answered on

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

9

85,000

301,000,000

FY 19/20 FCO

12

75,000

304,000,000

FY 20/21 FCO(until 1 September 2020)

14

79,000

309,000,000

FY 20/21 FCDO(from 2 September 2020)

16*

79,000**

309,000,000

* 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.

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