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PostSubject: William Hague: Axing small embassies 'false economy'   Wed 16 Nov 2011 - 15:31

William Hague Mr Hague said it would be a "major error" to make big reductions to the UK's overseas network
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Closing dozens of small embassies to save money would be a "false economy", William Hague has told MPs.

The foreign secretary said the UK got "value for money" out of the Foreign Office (FCO) whose spending was less than that of Kent County Council.

The FCO accounted for just 0.3% of total spending and closing the cheapest 40 missions would save 2.5m.

He also played down reports the BBC's Burmese service could be axed in spending cuts.

In October Chancellor George Osborne will outline plans for most Whitehall departments to make cuts of around 25%, in an effort to reduce the 155bn budget deficit

In evidence to the foreign affairs committee, Mr Hague was asked how cuts might affect the FCO's international operations.

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