FOI release

British ambassadors and high commissioners born in the UK

Where they are born in the UK and how FCO ensures English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish representation in our embassies abroad

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British ambassadors and high commissioners born in the UK

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FOI Ref 1049-13 explains how FCO appointments are made by merit through fair and open competition so no information is held on the split in English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish representation. Staff are able to make a voluntary declaration of national identity and, of those that have done so, 79% are either British or Mixed British, 14% English, 2% Scottish, 1% Welsh and the remaining 4% have either stated that they do not wish to declare a national identity or have declared another national identity where the percentage is less than 1%.

Published 14 April 2014