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British Embassy Bangkok sale: 426 million pounds spent on our "World Class Diplomacy"

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British Embassy Bangkok sale: 426 million pounds spent on our "World Class Diplomacy"
 
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A freedom of information disclosure to a Bangkok resident states that the sale of the British embassy in Wireless Road netted 426 million pounds. 
 
The money will be spent on the Foreign Office's "world class diplomacy". And it has also been revealed that a new embassy and residence will be constructed elsewhere. 
 
The British embassy trumpets that there will be no interruption to their service this year. 
 
Further requests from a Thaivisa member for clarification of recently published embassy work figures also reveal that 250 expats and residents were among 489 cases of death dealt with by staff in the last year. 
 
But Freedom of Information Act regulations meant that details about murder, manslaughter and suicide victims could not be precisely conveyed. Though accidental death of British nationals was 13 with six dying in road accidents. 
 
The request for information was made to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Central Freedom of Information Unit by a Thaivisa reader who asked to remain anonymous. 
 
The reader asked for clarification on the breakdown of the number of deaths in the kingdom, what constitutes welfare and what the FCO propose to do with the money from the embassy sale. 
 
The answer to this last question was conveyed in a separate letter and was thus: 
 
"The sale of the compound raised £426 million. The funds will be reinvested across the FCO’s Global property portfolio, enabling us to continue to update and modernise our global estate so that it meets our aspiration to provide a world-class platform for diplomacy and the promotion of Global Britain. This includes a new Embassy and Residence, designed for our needs in the 21st century, on new sites in Bangkok later this year. There will be no interruption to our consular service".  
 
Regarding the 489 deaths death with by the embassy it was stated that the Freedom of Information act precluded giving details of information where there are five or less in a category as this might identify those concerned. 
 
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But the following was supplied to our reader:
 
Death from natural causes: 122
Death from murder or manslaughter: Less than or equal to five.
Death from suicide: Less than or equal to five. 
Death from accidents: 13
Number of expats or British citizens in the figures: 250 - 94 temporary and 156 permanent overseas residents died.
Death from road accidents: 6
 
What actually constitutes welfare (named in the report as 303 cases). 
Breakdown: Health case, 147, Financial issues 105, Immigration 50, Unknown 1. 
 
Though conveyed to a private individual the information above is deemed to be in the public domain.
 
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Pity that FOID did not ask for the REAL reasons behind the decision to withdraw providing 'income' letters. 

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52 minutes ago, Thailand said:

"The British embassy trumpets that there will be no interruption to their service this year. "

 

So no change, no help whatsoever for UK expats.

'Standing by to provide consular assistance.'

 

I.e. drop in with a packet of smokes and tell you you're banjaxed because there is nothing they can do.

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So foreigners can own land then? I thought it was a gift and what will happen to good old Queen Vic statue which 'protects' the place?

 

Back in 2008 they seem to have spent a lot of money renovating the place - no doubt all for the wrecking ball. We are selling the family silver times must be hard.

 

http://mjparchitects.co.uk/projects/british-embassy-staff-housing-and-amenities/

 

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1 minute ago, beautifulthailand99 said:

So foreigners can own land then? I thought it was a gift and what will happen to good old Queen Vic statue which 'protects' the place?

 

 

Under International law , Embassys do not have to abide by local laws , so, the foreigner not owning land rule does not apply 

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alot of money for the property,the service is not the same as before we all know that.they should have kept the land or embassy where it was.now it will become a huge apartment block or maybe mail.like bkk needs that

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