Foreign and Commonwealth Office performance and finances 2012-13

This  inquiry was be based upon the 2012-13 Annual Report and Accounts of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (PDF 1.12 MB) and the annual reports for 2012-13 of public bodies sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including the British Council and the BBC World Service. Particular areas of focus were the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s engagement with British nationals overseas and with the wider public through digital means.

News release and terms of reference for the inquiry



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    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.