§ Q84. Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Prime Minister on what criteria the decision was taken to reduce the level of provision for the British Council's overseas activities.
§ The Prime Minister
The council's overall provision has not been reduced. On the contrary, it will be receiving nearly £6 million more in 1985–86 than the sum originally established for that year. Within this total, however, the British Council has been asked to absorb in 1985–86 about £1.1 million of its risen costs as a contribution towards the overall need to keep the Government's spending within the resources available. The decision on where these savings should fall was for the British Council's board.