HC Deb 20 July 1982 vol 28 cc92-3W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people work for the British Council in Romania; and what is the size of the council's annual budget and the trend of expenditure over the past decade.

Mr. Onslow

There are two London appointed officers and three locally engaged staff at the British Council office in Romania. The Council's country budget for 1982–83 is £222,000. I regret that figures for the whole of the past decade are not readily available. The trend over the past five years has fluctuated. In 1978 there was a minor increase of expenditure of 0.3 per cent. over 1977 figures. In 1979 there was a 5 per cent. decrease, and this pattern continued with a 22 per cent. decrease in 1980. 1981 saw an improvement with an 11 per cent. increase. It is too early to predict a pattern for 1982, but expenditure is not expected to increase in real terms. The 22 per cent. decrease in 1980 was a result of under-utilisation of the quota provisions by the Romanians.

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