§ Mr. McNamara
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent in recruiting staff to his Department in(a) London and (b) the south east in each year since 1997. 
§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office recruits nationally. We do not, therefore break down the recruitment budget by region. The following figures include money spent on recruitment in its widest sense. This includes general marketing via careers fairs, as well as targeted marketing aimed at under-represented groups such as minority ethnic communities and women.
Financial Year £ 1997–98 995,293 1998–99 1,622,811 1999–2000 1,999,803 2000–01 2,543,387 2001–02 2,791,659 2002–03 11,501,626 1 To date