Two British consulates in Spain set to close

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16 December 2004, LONDON- British consulates in Bilbao and Palma in Majorca are set to close as part of a massive cost-cutting exercise in the British diplomatic service.

16 December 2004

LONDON- British consulates in Bilbao and Palma in Majorca are set to close as part of a massive cost-cutting exercise in the British diplomatic service.

Nine Embassies and High Commissions are to close in a bid to save more than GBP 100 million.

Ten diplomatic missions will also go, with another 11 being downgraded.

Consulates across America and Europe bear the brunt of the cuts.

Missions to the US in Seattle, Miami, Phoenix and Dallas will now all be covered from other areas.

In Germany posts in Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Stuttgart will go the same way, as will Bordeaux and Lyon in France, Palma and Bilbao in Spain and Oporto in Portugal.

In Australia Brisbane and Perth will be covered from Sydney while Auckland in New Zealand will be covered from Wellington.

Embassy and High Commissioner closures are in more far-flung places with Nassau, in the Bahamas, the most high profile casualty.

The Foreign Office stressed that representation was being expanded in other areas, with 18 posts opening since 1997.

"The savings made will help to underpin higher priority work in line with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's strategic priorities, including counter-proliferation, counter-terrorism, energy and climate change," a FO written ministerial statement said.

Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan are among the new missions.

The changes will be made by the end of 2006.

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