[FOI #145379 email]
2/96, Old Admiralty Building,
London, SW1A 2PA
T: +44 (0)20 7008 0295
E: [email address]
07 February 2013
Dear Sir/Madam, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST REF: 0048-13
Thank you for your email of 13th January 2013 requesting under the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) information relating to the Corps of Queens Messengers.
I can confirm that FCO Services holds the information you have requested.
1. Information regarding the numbers of the Corps of Queen's Messengers, or the
amount of people who own a Queen's Messenger passport.
The Corps of the Queen’s Messengers is under the administrative control of FCO Services,
a Trading Fund of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Messengers are employed to
carry classified material between the FCO (and other government departments) and
overseas posts. 15 officers are employed as Queen’s Messengers by FCO Services; 13 are
employed on a full time basis, and 2 on a part-time basis.
2. Information regarding the selection process for Queen's Messengers.
FCO Services are committed to the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles
whereby vacancies are recruited through fair and open competition and appointments made
on merit. We operate a multi assessment selection process including a competency based
application (including job specific skills), psychometric testing (typically verbal, numerical and
inductive), a work based scenario test and a competency based interview. This provides
applicants an opportunity to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and experience through a
variety of assessment methods appropriate to the grade and the specifics of the role.
Further, for posts in the Diplomatic Service and Home Civil Service posts in the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office, individuals are only eligible if:
(a) they are a British citizen; and
(b) they have resided in the United Kingdom for at least two of the previous ten years
immediately prior to their application, at least one year of which must have been a
consecutive twelve-month period, unless they have served overseas with HM Forces or in
some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, or have lived
overseas as a result of their parents’ or partner’s government employment. A lack of
sufficient background information may preclude them from being granted security clearance.
For more information please visit the following website: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/resources/nationality.aspx
I hope you are satisfied with this reply. However, if you wish to make a complaint or if you
would like a review of our decision, please write to the Information Rights Team at The Old
Admiralty Building, Room SG 120, London, SW1A 2PA. E-mail: [FCO request email].
You have 40 working days to do so from the date of this letter.
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may then apply directly to the
Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot
make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the FCO.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.
You can also find out more about the FCO and freedom of information issues at our Access
to Information website: http://foi.fco.gov.uk/en
We keep and use information in line with the Data Protection Act 1998. We may release this
personal information to other UK government departments and public authorities.