HC Deb 01 May 1968 vol 763 cc215-6W
Mr. Onslow

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps have been taken since devaluation to reduce the foreign exchange costs of Her Majesty's missions overseas, with particular reference to cuts in the personnel establishment; and what total annual savings he estimates would result from a cut of 10 per cent. in such establishment.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

There is no scope for a cut of 10 per cent. in the establishment without reducing the functions of our posts abroad. The very thorough system of regular inspection ensures that their size is kept under constant scrutiny now as before devaluation.