HC Deb 15 March 1983 vol 39 cc113-4W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will increase the number of staff at British embassies who have responsibilities for scientific and technical matters.

Mr. Rifkind

In those posts where significant scientific or technical issues arise, present staffing arrangements are adequate. Any increase in staff dealing specifically with scientific and technical matters could only be at the expense of staff currently dealing with other important areas of activity, such as consular or commercial work.

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