HC Deb 26 February 2003 vol 400 cc583-4W
Mr. Laws

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his estimate is of the cost to the British Council of the programmes(a) UK Today, (b) The Edge, (c) Beyond Babel-English on The World Stage, (d) London Fashion Week, (e) Breaking the Trade—The Abolition of Slavery in the British Empire and (f) Elizabeth II and the Commonwealth in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [99123]

Mr. MacShane

There was no cost to the British Council for these TV programmes.

They were made available to the British Council free of charge in order to use overseas for English language training and for the promotion of the UK.