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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MPs warn Foreign Office to 'live within its means'

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has been warned to "live within its means" and to be more "realistic" about what it can achieve at a time of cuts to Government spending.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London Credit: Johnny Green/PA

MPs on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee said the department was being "stretched almost to the limit" as it tries to make £170 million in savings up to 2015 while maintaining a large workload.

"We believe the department may be in danger of trying to do too much at a time when capacity is being limited," the MPs said.

They mentioned the demands placed on the FCO "at a time of particular turbulence in the Middle East and elsewhere" as well as by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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