§ 22. Mr. P. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what progress has been made with the establishment of a Commonwealth English Languages Information Centre.
§ The Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (Mr. Duncan Sandys)
Following the Commonwealth Education Conference this recommendation was referred to the Commonwealth Education Liaison Committee, which has it under consideration.
§ Mr. Williams
I am delighted to hear that it is under consideration. Is my right hon. Friend aware that the author of the booklet, "The Modern Commonwealth "—the Secretary of State himself —said:Anyone who wishes to maintain and strengthen the Commonwealth should give special attention to the teaching of English.This is not a matter which should merely remain under consideration. When will a decision be taken and action followed through?
§ Mr. Sandys
I attach the very highest importance to this question. The House may be assured that I shall give what support I can to trying to ensure that something happens as quickly as possible. Certain action is already being taken in regard to the recruitment of experts for the teaching of English.
§ Mr. Shinwell
When this country is fully committed to the Common Market will the teaching of English be necessary?