HC Deb 09 September 1942 vol 383 cc124-5
5. Sir P. Hannon

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the recent developments in the activities of the British Council in Argentina; whether the new library and reading room at Buenos Aires are receiving increasing patronage in that city; and whether the classes in operation secure substantial attendance?

Mr. Eden

An Association of English Culture has been founded at Tucuman. A similar association at Rosario has acquired new premises, and the premises and activities of the Association of British Culture at Cordoba have been extended under a new director. The Council are helping to find British professors for a number of faculties at the recently founded National University of Cuyo at Mendosa. The Council's chief representative in Spanish-speaking America has set up a central office in Buenos Aires and established close relations with educational and cultural authorities.

Sir P. Hannon

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the work of the British Council in Argentina is regarded sympathetically by the local people and the local education authorities?

Mr. Eden

I think so, certainly. I understand that over 4,000 students are attending these classes, and that speaks for itself.