§ Mr. Spearing
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the cost of Her Majesty's Embassy in Madagascar for the last full 737W year of operations, together with a breakdown of the principal categories of expenditure; what savings he expects from its closure; and on what basis he makes such a calculation.
§ Mr. Ennals
The full costs in the last full year of operations, including those borne on the vote of the Department of the Environment—Property Services Agency—were approximately £80,000, in the following categories:
£'000 Salaries, allowances etc., of United Kingdom-based staff 34 Salaries, allowances etc., of locally engaged staff 16 Accommodation, office and residential 6 Travel 8 Communications (Queen's Messengers' journeys, post, telegrams, telephones) 12 Transport 2 Miscellaneous 2 80
The arrangements made for an alternative form of representation are expected to cost about £5,000 a year. The savings from closure of the Embassy are, therefore, expected to be about £75,000.