Daily Archives: June 1, 2012

Jim Pickard

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been criticised for failing to buy British-made cars for its major embassies overseas despite the ministry’s own guidance to source vehicles in the UK wherever possible, I reported earlier this week.

My freedom of information requests established that only three out of 17 cars in the Brussels and Washington embassies were built in this country. The FCO subsequently admitted that fewer than a third of cars in its embassies around the world were made in Britain.

Digby Jones, former trade minister and one-time head of the CBI, the employers’ organisation, said the figures showed that ministers knew the “price of everything and the value of nothing”. Lord Jones added: “That is an outrage.”

We reported that there was “puzzlement” among some observers in March Read more