HC Deb 19 November 1945 vol 416 cc8-9
19. Colonel Erroll

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the future of the British Council.

Mr. Noel-Baker

The future of all our overseas publicity services is now under consideration. The hon. Member will, therefore, I am sure, understand that I cannot yet make any statement on the future of the British Council.

Colonel Erroll

Can the right hon. Gentleman give some indication when he will be able to make a statement; will it be in the next few weeks or the next few months?

Mr. Noel-Baker

I would not like to make any binding promise, but I hope that it will not be too long.

Sir P. Macdonald

Is the report of the committee which was set up to investigate the working of the British Council to be made known to the House or to be published?

Mr. Noel-Baker

I would like notice of that question.