HC Deb 31 July 1952 vol 504 cc1689-90
Mr. Herbert Morrison

(by Private Notice) asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action Her Majesty's Government propose to take now that the European Recovery Programme has come to an end to demonstrate their gratitude to the United States Government and people.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Anthony Eden)

Her Majesty's Government have decided to give effect to the proposal of the late Government to express the United Kingdom's gratitude for this generous and far-sighted programme for European recovery by founding at British universities 12 scholarships to be competed for annually by United States students. These scholarships will be open to men and women and will be tenable at any British university. General Marshall has agreed that these scholarships shall be known as "Marshall Scholarships."

The Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom has promised its full co-operation in giving effect to this scheme.

Further particulars will be announced in due course and Parliament will be asked to make the necessary financial provision.

Mr. Morrison

I am sure that the House will have received the statement of the Foreign Secretary with pleasure. It is right that we should do this and it will be helpful to Anglo-American relations. We are all very pleased about it. I presume that as and when the details of this scheme become available the Foreign Secretary will be able to make the information publicly available?

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir, and we would come to the House for approval of the small financial requirements.