HL Deb 11 January 2000 vol 608 c98WA
Lord Lamont of Lerwick

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether it is now their policy, or has been at any stage, that senior diplomatic postings may be filled by open competition, making them available to nonprofessional diplomats. [HL458]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

We have opened certain posts to open competition as part of our continuing strategy to ensure that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is as professional, adaptable, effective and innovative as possible. We ran an open competition in 1998–99 to fill the post of Consul-General in New York. There is an open competition currently in progress for the posts of Deputy High Commissioner Mumbai (Bombay), Consul-General Toronto and Consul-General Sao Paulo.