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.
– Sir Richard Ottaway, chairman, Foreign Affairs Select Committee
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.
But MPs concluded that it was on course to make savings totalling approximately £170 million over the Spending Review period to 2014/15.