HC Deb 01 April 1963 vol 675 cc8-9W
73. Mr. Lagden

asked the Lord Privy Seal what steps Her Majesty's Government are taking to enable people in Hungary, Czechoslovakia and other countries of Eastern Europe where the British Council is not represented to learn about Great Britain and to get to know British people.

Mr. Godber

Her Majesty's Government attach importance to the development of contacts with Eastern Europe. They hope to expand this year the programme of cultural, educational and scientific exchanges which are operated in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Roumania and Bulgaria through the agency of the British Council. In addition the Council has set up an East Europe Committee with the hon. Gentleman the Member for Woolwich, East (Mr. Mayhew) as Chairman and my hon. Friend the Member for Hertfordshire, South-West (Mr. Longden) as Vice-Chairman. The Committee will seek to stimulate, and where necessary assist, contacts and exchanges between representative organisations and individuals in those four countries and in our own country outside the official programmes.