HC Deb 12 December 1963 vol 686 cc126-7W
Captain Orr

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how much Government support was given directly or indirectly in 1962–63 to the British Council; and what was the percentage increase over the 1961–62 figure.

Mr. P. Thomas

Government financial support to the British Council in 1962–63 amounted to £6,664,393. The percentage increase over the 1961–62 figure of £6,432,259 is 3.6.

Details of the 1961–62 British Council Government grants, receipts and expenditure are shown in the British Council Annual Report for 1961–62 which was published in December, 1962. The Annual Report for 1962–63 has just been published.

Indirect Government aid to the British Council in the form of office accommodation and services provided free of charge by the Ministry of Public Building and Works, was estimated in 1961–62 at £2.277 and in 1962–63 at £2.351.