This report is the Committee's annual review of how the FCO is managing its resources, examining the departmental annual report for 2007-08 (Cm. 7398, ISBN 9780101739825). Chapters cover: new strategic framework; performance measurement; global network; essential services; FCO Services; personnel issues; transparency and openness; financial management; public diplomacy and communication; the British Council; the BBC World Service. The Committee is concerned that the FCO is facing serious financial pressures in this financial year due to the Treasury's withdrawal of its support for the Overseas Pricing Mechanism (OPM) which used to protect departments from the weakening of sterling. There is a risk that the FCO may not be able to meet higher international subscriptions over the next two financial years, causing its performance against Public Service Agreement targets to suffer. The likely increase in the UN Regular Budget and other international subscriptions will push this figure even higher. The FCO should have to shoulder the financial burden from within its already tight budget to pay for subscriptions which also benefit other Government departments. The Committee recommends that additional nondiscretionary costs should properly be met by the Treasury.found it really odd watching aquot;How Clean is Your House?aquot; in New ... On the issue of the scheduling of programmes on BBC America, which is what I guess you were watching, that is strictly not my ... I hear what you say about it and I will pass it on to those involved. ... In relation to Spanish, there has been a problem in the past because Spanish online portals are quite proud of their ... Chairman: Thank you.
|Title||:||Foreign and Commonwealth Office annual report 2007-08|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Foreign Affairs Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2009|