HL Deb 24 September 2002 vol 638 cc242-3WA
Lord Ezra

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What support or participation they are prepared to offer to the British Studies Centre set up by Bamberg University in Bavaria, bearing in mind the recent closure of branch offices of the British Council in Germany. [HL5707]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The Government are unable to provide the British Studies Centre in Bamberg with any financial assistance, but officials from the British Consulate General in Munich have already been in contact with the centre and have offered a number of publications free of charge. Although British Council regional offices have closed in Germany, there still remains an office in Berlin. In Bavaria the British Council has recently appointed an Infopoint Centre Manager to promote UK educational and cultural products and services. I encourage the British Studies Centre and the Infopoint manager to work closely together.

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