Foreign Affairs Committee: Current Inquiries

FCO Departmental Annual Report 2008-09

The Foreign Affairs Committee announced on 14 July 2009 that it would carry out an inquiry into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s latest Annual Departmental Report, as it has done in previous years. The FCO published its Annual Report for 2008-09 on 30 June 2009. In its report, the FCO describes its work in 2008-09 and assesses its own performance under its eight Departmental Strategic Objectives for 2008-11. The FCO’s report also covers internal organisational and management change in the Department, including public diplomacy work; and the Department’s financial management and performance.

The Committee conducts its inquiry into the FCO’s Annual Report each year as part of its responsibility for scrutinising the expenditure, administration and policy of the FCO and associated public bodies. As part of its inquiry, the Committee scrutinises the operation of the two most important public bodies associated with the FCO, the British Council and the BBC World Service.

Previous Committee Reports on FCO Annual Reports and related Government Replies

Evidence to the Inquiry

The Oral and Written Evidence submitted to the inquiry is contained in the Report.

Report

The Committee's Report on The Work of the British Council 2008-09 was published on Thursday 4 February as the Second Report of Session 2009-10, HC 333. See Report and accompanying press release for further details.

The Committee's Report on The Work of the BBC World Service 2008-09 was published on Friday 5 February as the Third Report of Session 2009-10, HC 334. See Report and accompanying press release for further details.

The Committee's Report on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Annual Report 2008-09 was published on Sunday 21 March as the Fifth Report of Session 2009-10, HC 145. See Report and accompanying press release for further details.

Government Response

The Government aims to respond to reports from a departmental select committee within two months, unless an extension to this deadline has been agreed with the Committee.  When a response is produced, details will appear here upon its publication.