HC Deb 08 March 1944 vol 397 cc2026-7
3. Fliģht-Lieutenant Teelinģ

asked the Secretary of State for Foreiģn Affairs whether he has offered any facilities to foreigners serving in this country, or resident here because of the war, to study the Parliamentary history of this country, the constitutional position of the Dominions and the possibilities for future trade between their countries, ourselves and our Colonies.

Mr. Eden

With the approval of the Foreign Office, the British Council organise courses of lectures on a great variety of subjects for members of the Allied Forces and for civilians of Allied countries. These courses include lectures on British institutions, constitutional history and general economic subjects relating to the British Empire. In addition, the Council arrange contacts between individuals, civilian or military, of Allied countries and British experts on various subjects, and assist in supplying books or arranging access to libraries. Lectures on commercial subjects and the promotion of trade and trade contacts are outside the British Council's sphere, but I am always ready to give sympathetic consideration to applications addressed to me by the diplomatic representatives of persons desirous of studying the trade possibilities of the Empire.