§ The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Mr. Geoffrey Rippon)
No Sir. As has been made clear on previous occasions, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office grant is given to assist the British Council of the European Movement in organising exchanges of views with other Europeans.
§ Mr. Jay
Is not the Minister aware that this organisation is carrying on propaganda throughout this country with which a great many taxpayers disagree? Though it is entitled to do this at the expense of private subscription, is it not a public scandal that taxpayers' money should be used for this purpose?
§ Mr. Rippon
The right hon. Gentleman has completely misunderstood the position. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office grant is not available for publicity work directed at opinion in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Blaker
What were the arrangements in relation to this grant when the 834 right hon. Member for Battersea, North (Mr. Jay) was a member of the Government? Were they not the same?