Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Rt Hon William Hague speech on 'Reinforcing Britain's Consular Diplomacy'

As a Partner of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office 'Know Before You Go' campaign, Alihoco was invited to attend a speech today by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, The Rt Hon William Hague MP.
His main message was that he wants to strengthen the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as an institution, for the long term and in all areas of work. He wants the Foreign Office to be a centre of excellence in government and he outlined the role of the Department; what it can do and what it cannot do and then outlined his plans to strengthen the Department.
He spoke for almost 25 minutes and then took questions and did an amazing job and captivated the audience while explaining a range of messages and statistics in an interesting and informative way.  He also answered the questions fully and adeptly.
Amazingly, the entire FCO service is provided to British passport holders, every day of the year, week in and week out, at a cost per person of £1.50 a year over the life of a 10-year passport, and without burdening the taxpayer.
It was clear from his speech that the FCO 'Know Before You Go' campaign is vital to supporting the role of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and we encourage our customers and followers to take note of the FCO information contained in the 'Travel Guides' section of our website.