HC Deb 20 March 1941 vol 370 cc290-1
59. Mr. Gledhill

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the total number of staff employed by the British Council; the amount of grant from Exchequer funds; and what other sources of revenue are available to this Council?

The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Butler)

The Council's staff in this country consists of 46 senior and 122 junior officers. Abroad, there are eight administrative officers and 157 officers acting as directors of Institutes and teachers of English. These figures do not include the clerical and secretarial staff, for which exact figures are not available. In the current financial year the amount of grant from Exchequer funds is £497,000. Other sources of revenue available to the Council consist of an anonymous donation of £15,000, other donations amounting to £1,000 and banking interest amounting to £300.

Mr. Gledhill

Is this grant carried on the Foreign Office Vote?

Mr. Butler

Yes, Sir.

Sir I. Albery

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how these members of staff, who have been appointed to other countries which have been overrun or occupied by the enemy, are now employed?

Mr. Butler

They are being employed in different capacities.