HC Deb 13 June 1951 vol 488 c2273
7. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what staff are maintained by the British Council in Sarawak; and what are their activities.

Mr. J. Griffiths

A director, a part-time librarian, four clerical staff (one part-time) and three domestic staff. Since the first director was appointed early in 1950, he has established centres at Kuching and Sibu, and has begun to organise cultural activities of the usual kind for which the Council is responsible. One scholar, one bursar and two visiting students have been sent to the United Kingdom.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Cannot the right hon. Gentleman do something to co-ordinate the apparent overlapping of these various agencies in these rather remote territories, where the local government information services are doing a good job at the moment, so that we can have better support rather than duplication?

Mr. Griffiths

I agree with the hon. Member that co-ordination in these various activities is indeed very essential, but I have no information that that co-ordination is lacking in these territories. I am prepared, however, to make further inquiries.