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The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (the Foreign Secretary) is responsible to Parliament for the work of the FCO. He is supported by two Ministers of State, three Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State, and a Permanent Under-Secretary of State (PUS) who is the Head of the Diplomatic Service. You can find out more about FCO Ministers and the PUS and their responsibilities. The FCO organisation chart explains the organisational structure in more detail. The FCO Departmental Report sets out the FCO's achievements over the past year as well as its plans for the future.

The key aims, issues and priorities of the Foreign Office are outlined in the International Priorities section. The role of the FCO is examined, our policy priorities explained in the context of a changing international environment, our service delivery evaluated, and the way we work challenged.

The purpose of the FCO is to work for the United Kingdom's interests in a safe, just and prosperous world. For more detailed information about the FCO's objectives, how the work is funded, and how their success is measured, read more about our Objectives and Resources. You can read more about the FCO's objective of Promoting the UK, its commercial and other interests, across the world.

To deliver the Government's international priorities and better public services, the FCO also needs to work closely with people and organisations in the UK. Read about who we work with in the UK to progress towards common goals.

Wilton Park, an Executive Agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, runs conferences on key international policy challenges at its centre on the south coast of England. Further information and links to the Wilton Park website are available in this section.

FCO Services is also an Executive Agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Agency supplies the FCO with a broad range of products and services covering IT, communications, technical and protective security, estate and project management, logistics and purchasing, language translation, interpreting and training, VIP visits and organisation of major conferences both in the UK and overseas. FCO Services employs approximately 1200 permanent staff, many of whom are specialists, including about 100 staff serving at FCO Missions overseas.

Find out about the Buildings and History of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including our contact details and a map, a virtual tour of the FCO and some of the interesting Embassy and High Commission buildings overseas.

The Working for the FCO section tells you all about working for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the kind of careers we offer.
FCO Departmental Report 2007
The latest report on the FCO's activities and strategy was published on 09 May 2007. Read the report...