HC Deb 05 May 1952 vol 500 cc2-3W
22. Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many administrative, educational and technical officers are employed by the British Council on home establishment apart from student residences; how many on overseas establishment; and what reductions it is proposed to make in each in the course of the present financial year.

Mr. Eden

The numbers employed on home establishment, apart from student residences, are as follows. Administrative and executive, 200; the reduction proposed in the current financial year will be 37. Educational, 8; proposed reduction, 2. Specialist and technical, 126; proposed reduction, 15.

On overseas establishment: administrative and executive, 119; proposed reduction, 8. Educational, 259; proposed reduction, 37. Specialist and technical, 124; proposed reduction, 17.

23. Mr. N. Macpherson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will give a list of institutions receiving grants from the British Council, together with the amount of grant made to each last year and provided for in the current year.

Mr. Eden

The details requested by my hon. and gallant Friend are so extensive that it is not possible for me to give them orally and I am, therefore, making copies available in the Library.

In all, some 140 institutions received grants from the British Council. They consist principally of British schools and cultural institutes and English lectureships in foreign universities. The grants range from £10 to several thousands of pounds either in the form of capital payments, maintenance grants or subsidies to posts.

As the accounts for 1951 are not yet closed, I cannot give final figures of the total grants made. The estimated total for 1951–52 was £159,987, while for the current year it is £133,589.