HC Deb 13 July 1961 vol 644 c70W
78. Mr. C. Royle

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what reports he has received on the official Commonwealth Institute Travelling Exhibition; and if he plans to repeat such exhibitions at regular intervals.

Mr. Braine

The Commonwealth Exhibition, sponsored by the Commonwealth Relations Office and the Colonial Office, to which I assume the hon. Member refers has visited in the last eighteen months twelve centres in Britain and will visit three more before it closes in November. So far it has been seen by about three-quarters of a million people, or one in six of the population of the places visited. More than half of these have been children. The reports I have received suggest that it has achieved its object of stimulating interest in, and understanding of, the Commonwealth. There are no plans at present to repeat this Exhibition, but I am considering other ways in which to follow up the interest in the Commonwealth which this Exhibition has aroused.

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