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British Embassy in Kuwait

Asked to confirm reports that the British Embassy in Kuwait had been shut down for three weeks due to a financial crisis, the PMOS said that we had checked the story with the Foreign Office who had said that the Embassy would not, in fact, be closing down. Put to him that Consular services at the Embassy would be affected, the PMOS said that, as he understood it, the story had been about the Embassy shutting down. That would not be happening. Asked if the Government would accept that funding for the Embassy was inadequate, the PMOS said that thanks to the way the Government was managing the economy, we were able to invest record sums into our public services. No one could be in any doubt that all Departments, including the Foreign Office, had been given generous settlements in the last Spending Review. There wasn’t an unlimited pot of money, which was why it was important for people and Departments to manage their budgets effectively and work within the settlements that had been provided.

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