HC Deb 22 February 1968 vol 759 c176W
Mr. Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what were the total costs of maintaining British embassies or delegations in the United States of America, Eire, Sweden, Italy, South Africa, Indonesia and at the United Nations in each of the past five years.

Mr. Mulley

The cost of maintaining British Missions in the countries listed is shown in the table below. The figures for 1967–68 show estimated expenditure. As explained in the published Civil Estimates none of the totals includes the cost of overhead expenses shared by all British Missions overseas (for example, communications), nor the cost of accommodation or expenditure on overseas representation carried on other Votes than the Diplomatic Service Vote.

As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs is responsible for handling relations with the Irish Republic, the cost of representation in that country has, for convenience, been included in the answer he is giving to a similar Question by the hon. Gentleman.