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MPs warn Foreign Office to 'live within its means'

MPs on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee have warned that the Foreign Office is being stretched 'almost to the limit' by a heavy workload and cuts to its budget. They said the department should be more 'realistic' about what it can achieve.

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Foreign Office 'on track to miss staff reduction target'

Sir Richard Ottaway, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, has said that the Foreign Office is not on track to cut the number of UK-based staff by 10% by the original target of 2015.

It's actually had to increase staff in order to cope with policy demands, and it's not on track to meet its target of a 10% headcount reduction in UK-based staff by 2015.

What we're saying is: be realistic, live within your means, and make sure that priorities are clearly defined.

– Sir Richard Ottaway, chairman, Foreign Affairs Select Committee

But MPs concluded that it was on course to make savings totalling approximately £170 million over the Spending Review period to 2014/15.

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