HC Deb 10 February 1977 vol 925 cc797-8W
Mr. Marten

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the EEC has an office in Nairobi; what is its purpose; how many staff are employed there; and what is the salary bill per annum.

Dr. Owen

The office in Nairobi is that of the Commission delegate to Kenya. The functions of these delegates, which are set out in full in Article 31 of Protocol No. 2 to the Lomé Convention, are to administer the European Development Fund and, in certain cases, to inform the host Government of Community activities concerning co-operation between the Community and the African, Caribbean and Pacific states. I understand that the Nairobi office has a staff of 16, of which 12 are local staff. Information on the annual salary bill is not available, but in 1976 the total cost of the office amounted to approximately 400,000 units of account.