HC Deb 23 November 1945 vol 416 cc858-9W
Major Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will provide a list of all the countries in which the British Council is at present operating, with the number of paid employees and the total of their salaries in each of those countries.

Mr. Bevin

The following statement shows the foreign countries in which on 30th September the British Council was operating, with paid employees, the numbers of those employees and the total of their salaries:

Country. No. of Employees. Gross Emoluments.
Argentina 71 27,879
Belgium and Belgian Colonies 10 5,697
Bolivia 1 866
Brazil 22 3 5,447
Chile 19 13,231
Colombia 16 11,021
China 26 13,369
Cuba 1 300
Czechoslovakia 8 4,550
Denmark and Greenland 1 425
Ecuador 1 1,069
Egypt 76 65,8l7
Ethiopia 14 10,328
Finland 1 850
France and French Colonies 47 21,428
Greece 9 5,407
Guatemala 3 1,385
Iceland 2 1,716
Iraq 27 11,584
Italy 10 5,140
Mexico 2 2,624
M.E. Office, Cairo 72 31,631
Netherlands and Dutch Colonies 3 1,660
Paraguay 14 5,112
Persia 56 53,724
Persian Gulf 1 1,048
Peru 3 1,706
Portugal and Portuguese Colonies 58 29,031
Spain and Spanish Possessions 79 39,995
Sweden 31 14,146
Syria and Lebanon 58 17,861
Turkey 142 103,546
Uruguay 7 3,538
U.S.S.R 1 763
Venezuela 6 5,090
Yugoslavia 8 3,151

The numbers of employees given above include all whole-time staff, including clerical, secretarial and domestic staff, at British Council Offices and at British Institutes, as well as British Council staff on loan to foreign Anglophil Societies. The total of salaries given above include fees to part-time teachers and domestic staff paid by the hour and not included in the number of employees given in the preceding column. They also include marriage allowances and local allowances awarded to London-appointed staff in order to compensate for high costs of living abroad. The following list shows those foreign countries in which the British Council at present have no staff of their own but to which they supply material for distribution through other channels:

Afghanistan Haiti Poland
Albania Honduras Roumania
Austria Hungary El Salvador
Bulgaria Luxembourg Saudi Arabia
Costa Rica Liberia Sudan
Dominican Nicaragua Switzerland
Republic Norway Tibet
Eritrea Panama U.S.A.

If my hon. and gallant Friend desires information about British Council operations in the Colonies, he should put down a Question to the Secretary of State for the Colonies.