Mr. Creech Jones
asked the Prime Minister why the one English newspaper, "Embros," in Cyprus has been acquired by the British Council; whether this will be financed out of the funds of the British Council and any losses borne by that body; and what principles will direct its policy?
§ Mr. Butler
The British Council originally gave help to both "The Cyprus Mail" and "Embros," since this was considered to be one of the most effective ways of encouraging the use of the English language in Cyprus. Subsequently "The Cyprus Mail" was amalgamated with "Embros" and, owing to editorial difficulties, it was found necessary for the Council to purchase the paper. This step was taken with approval of both the Colonial Office and the Cyprus Government.
The answer to the second part of the question is in the affirmative. The paper's policy will be directed in accordance with the Council's own published objectives.