HL Deb 09 November 1999 vol 606 cc138-9WA
Lord Craigmyle

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How people are recruited from the local populace in Pakistan to help staff the British consulates there; and what their jobs are within the consulates. [HL4067]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

All locally Engaged staff vacancies are advertised, initially within the Mission and then, if a candidate cannot be found internally, in local newspapers. A short-list of qualified candidates is then drawn up and they are invited to interview by a panel of up to three officers, normally including the Management Officer and the Head of the relevant section in the Mission. The jobs range from drivers and messangers to translators, Commercial Officers and IT administrators.