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Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 12 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the recent progress of the activities of the British Council in Brazil, with the number of branches which have been founded and their approximate membership; and whether the British Council is prepared to accept the co-operation and support of the recently-formed Anglo-Brazilian Society?

New Anglo-Brazilian cultural societies have been opened at Santos and Curityba, the capital of the State of ParanĂ¡. There are now five of these societies in Brazil, and about 5,000 attend classes there. Four additional teachers of English have recently been sent out. The members of the societies are showing great interest in books, periodicals, films and pictures illustrating British life and British scientific achievements. Exhibitions of graphic art have been sent to Brazil. The British Council will gladly co-operate with the Anglo-Brazilian Society in London.

If an application is made to the Foreign Office by the Anglo-Brazilian Society, will my right hon. Friend see that it receives favourable consideration?