The Role of the FCO in UK Government

The Role of the FCO in UK Government

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The Foreign Affairs Committee believes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will not be back at the centre of Government and able to lead UK foreign policy, in line with the Foreign Secretary's ambitions, unless it can provide deep foreign policy expertise and judgement to underpin and implement Government decision-making. The FCO must have the resources and skills required to fulfil this role, especially specialist geographical expertise and knowledge of foreign languages. The FCO has a vital role to play for the Government, namely the timely provision of world-class foreign policy information, analysis, judgement and execution. Finances, people and buildings must be well-managed, but managerial requirements must not divert time and focus disproportionately from the FCO's core foreign policy functions. Given the resource constraints facing the FCO, however, there is doubt whether the department can achieve the Government's ambitions for enhanced commercial work while maintaining its core foreign policy functions at the required standard. The committee regards the FCO's network of overseas posts as integral to the department's ability to discharge its functions, and recommends that the FCO should seek to maintain a global UK presence. The committee also called qconfusingq the fact that under the current Government the FCO has three sets of priorities: the Foreign Secretary's, the Cabinet Office's Business Plan for the department, and the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Foreign Affairs Committee ... How do I know that a hiring manager will take account of special factors (eg education, spouse employment) which impact on my bids? ... Where a job is trawled, staff in Band B (for jobs at Band C) can apply to take up the job on temporary promotion provided thatanbsp;...

Title:The Role of the FCO in UK Government
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Foreign Affairs Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2011-05-12


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