Cap FCO education allowance, says peer

5th November 2010 at 00:00

Allowances given to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials to educate their children should be capped at the level charged by state boarding schools, a Labour peer has said. Lord Campbell-Savours called for the #163;25,000-a-year maximum to be almost halved. FCO minister Lord Howell of Guildford said that in 200910 his department spent #163;13.3 million on children educated in the UK and #163;11.5 million on those at schools overseas. But Lord Campbell-Savours said that state boarding education was available in the UK at "an average price of #163;9,000 per annum plus a #163;3,500 state contribution towards tuition".

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