HC Deb 02 August 1951 vol 491 cc261-2W
Mr. Janner

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why the British Council are proposing to close their centre at Stratford-on-Avon when the Shakespearian season ends; and whether, in view of the many visitors from overseas who have been welcomed and helped there, some arrangement can be made whereby the council can continue its work.

Mr. Ernest Davies

The limitation of the British Council's funds has made it necessary for them to curtail their activities at Stratford-on-Avon and to relinquish their present premises at Mason Croft. They will, however, maintain a small establishment at Hall's Croft, by arrangement with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trustees, and will also co-operate in certain activities of a Shakespeare Institute which the University of Birmingham are establishing at Mason Croft. The Council will thus continue to do all they can to meet the needs of visitors from overseas.