§ Mr. Luce
It was announced on 1 November that reductions in Government grants to the British Council in 1980–81 total £5.2 million, consisting of£3 million grant-in-aid from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office;£2.2 million in grants from the Overseas Development Administration.
For the period beyond April 1981, an interdepartmental review of the British Council is now considering what further savings should be made. The Council is actively participating in the work of the review, which will need to complete its task and report during November. The review's recommendations will be considered by Ministers before final decisions are taken.