HC Deb 05 May 1958 vol 587 cc838-9
35. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what progress is being made in the construction of a British public school in the Middle East, supported by Government funds, to replace Victoria College, Alexandria.

The Joint Under-Secretary of Slate for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Ian Harvey)

A school run on such exclusively British lines as was Victoria College, Alexandria, would no longer meet local demand. In co-operation with local governing bodies, the British Council assists schools run on British lines but adapted to local conditions in Iraq, Libya and Ethiopia, and my right hon. and learned Friend hopes that the Lebanon may be added to this list before long.

Mr. Wall

Would my hon. Friend agree that Victoria College served both the Middle East and this country well, and would he undertake to do all he can to see that other schools run on British public school lines are established in the Lebanon and elsewhere?

Mr. Harvey

I should like to pay a tribute to the work done by Victoria College and at the same time agree with what my hon. Friend says. I think my hon. Friend knows that we are making every effort to give assistance to the British Council in this important work.

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