§ 58. Mr. Soames
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the work and future funding of the British Council.
§ Mr. Eggar
As our response to the Foreign Affairs Committee's recent report makes clear, we attach importance to our continuing work in the field of cultural diplomacy. The British Council plays a particular role in this, as do, notably, the BBC external services. We also recognise and welcome the very great contribution of the private sector. We shall continue to allocate funds to work in the cultural field in the light of our overall foreign policy priorities and public expenditure objectives. Details of planned funding for the British Council for the period from 1988–89 to 1990–91 will be published in the public expenditure White Paper early next year.