HC Deb 14 January 1964 vol 687 cc10-1
12. Mr. Mayhew

asked the Secretary for Technical Co-operation what proposals he has for the development of the Overseas Information Services in 1964–65.

Mr. R. Carr

The Overseas Information Services have been considerably expanded in recent years, and after consultation with my right hon. Friends I am proposing further development in 1964–65, particularly in the activities of the British Council with special reference to English language teaching; the production of television and other films; the programme of bringing visitors to this country, and the British Information Services, especially in the newly independent countries of Africa. There will also be some increases in other information media, including broadcasting.

These proposals will be reflected in the Estimates, which will be presented to the House for approval in due course.

Mr. Mayhew

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, as far as it goes, his statement will be welcomed? Will he say how much new provision he is making for the British Council and the B.B.C. to meet the rapidly increasing demand all over the world to learn English—and especially to learn English from English people?

Mr. Carr

I have been as helpful to the House as I can, in advance of the publication of the Estimates, the details of which are not finally settled. I am afraid, therefore, that the hon. Member's detailed question must await the publication of the Estimates.