Sir Ray Whitney obituary

Conservative politician and Foreign Office minister who had a distinguished career as a diplomatRay Whitney, who has died aged 81, was a member of the generation of Conservative politicians who chose to make the House of Commons a career because of a profound personal conviction about the need for change in British politics in the […]
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NAO identifies ‘information assurance’ gaps

National Audit Office finds weaknesses in Foreign and Commonwealth data on estate costs and workforceThe National Audit Office (NAO) has found weaknesses in data systems and a lack of understanding about the risks associated with data providers’ systems in its examinations of information assurance in a number of government departments.The auditor’s findings appear in its […]
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Foreign hospitals count cost of young UK holidaymakers

FCO reports a huge rise in the number of British teenagers being hospitalised while holidaying abroadUK teenagers holidaying in Mallorca and Ibiza are responsible for a huge increase in the number of tourists hospitalised in the Spanish islands, said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.The renowned party island of Mallorca has seen a 132% increase in […]
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Managing the service towers

Cost reduction, risk management and service quality are driving adoption of the SIAM model in central governmentService Integration and Management (SIAM) is increasing its presence in Whitehall. There has been a growing interest in the role of a SIAM provider for the service towers model of an IT estate, with a couple of major procurements […]
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Rick Perry criticises UK initiative to influence US climate sceptics

The governor says the UK government was ‘misdirected’ to try to ‘educate’ policymakers and ‘move them from a state of denial’Rick Perry, the governor of Texas and former Republican presidential candidate, has criticised the UK’s Foreign Office for funding an environmental group which aimed to “educate” Texan policymakers about climate science and “move them from […]
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Letters: Britain will continue to support Libya

David Davis and Ibrahim El Mayet were right to say Britain can and should help in Libya (Comment, 21 March). We are doing just that. The Libyan government is clear about the scale of the challenge to rebuild a state after 42 years of dictatorship and an internal conflict. While not dismissing the problems, we […]
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Foreign Office’s big bang: three key projects helping cut IT spend by a third

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s CIO discusses the upcoming and ongoing work with Firecrest, Prism and EchoLast year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) set out its intention to shave 30-40% from its IT budget. With two highly significant reprocurements – Prism and Firecrest – expected out of the FCO in the coming weeks, alongside […]
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Insurance warning following Kenya threat

Travel insurers take different stances on what policies do and don’t cover in the event of a terrorist attackHolidaymakers planning trips to Kenya should check that their travel insurance covers claims resulting from terrorism following a Foreign and Commonwealth Office warning of potential terrorist attacks in Nairobi.The FCO said it believes terrorists may be in […]
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