HC Deb 15 November 1945 vol 415 cc2519-20W
Major Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, how far the aims and objects of the British Council have been varied in the light of the ending of the war; and what part the Council plays in interpreting British Commonwealth relations.

Mr. Bevin

The aims and objects of the British Council are defined in the Council's Charter as the promotion of a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and of the English language abroad and the development of closer cultural relations between the United Kingdom and other countries for the purpose of benefiting the British Commonwealth of Nations. These aims remain unaffected by the ending of the war.

The interpretation of British Commonwealth relations in the light of current politics is not one of the Council's tasks. But in giving information about the United Kingdom, the Council pays due attention to the fact that the United Kingdom is a member of the British Commonwealth, and the Council considers it within its terms of reference to give general information on the constitution of the Commonwealth.