HC Deb 22 February 1968 vol 759 cc177-8W
Mr. Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs what were the total costs of maintaining British High Commissions in India, Malawi, Australia and Canada in each of the past live years.

Mr. George Thomas

The following information about the cost of maintaining British Missions in the countries listed is taken from the countries table included in the printed Civil Estimates for the past three years. Comparable figures for earlier years are not readily available. These figures do not include the cost of overhead expenses shared by our Missions in these countries, nor the expenditure on overseas representation carried on other Votes than the Diplomatic Service Vote.

The cost of representation in the Republic of Ireland about which the hon. Member asked the Foreign Secretary, is included in the table below, since I am responsible for handling our relations with the Republic of Ireland.

1965–66 1966–67 1967–68
£ £ £
India 736,000 825,000 551,000
Malawi 77,000 83,000 95,000
Australia 370,000 371,000 413,000
Canada 549,000 526,000 605,000
Republic of Ireland 51,000 47,000 56,000