HC Deb 17 March 1947 vol 435 cc3-4W
29. Mr. Eden

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the Inter-departmental Commission of Inquiry on Oriental, Slavonic, East European and African Studies, which was set up in December, 1944, has reported and, if so, whether action is being taken on its recommendations.

Mr. McNeil

The Commission has reported and the Government approve its recommendations in principle. Its report is in the hands of the Stationery Office, and will shortly be published. In general the Government accept the view that an academic tradition should be built up and they are prepared to make financial grants to this end. Machinery is being devised to enable the Government Departments and Universities concerned to give effect to the Commission's recommendations.