HC Deb 03 March 1947 vol 434 cc19-20W
101. Mr. Wilson Harris

asked the Minister of Education what use the Government proposes to make of the copyright of Basic English for which £23,000 has been paid.

Mr. Hardman

The payment of £23,000 to which the hon. Member refers was not made solely in order to acquire the copyright in Basic English, but was intended also to compensate Mr Ogden for liabilities and losses incurred by him during the negotiations which were started by the Coalition Government two or three years ago following the publication of the White Paper (Command 6511). In order to secure the advantages of a widespread use of Basic English as a means of international communication and as a simple introduction to the English language, a Basic English Foundation is now being established and, subject to the provision of the necessary funds by Parliament, will be assisted by a grant-in-aid carried on the Vote of my Department. Suitable arrangements are also being made for the cooperation of my Department and the other Departments concerned with the foundation in the furtherance of its work