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Information Services And British Council

Volume 648: debated on Thursday 9 November 1961

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47 and 48.

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, (1) why he is proposing to reduce information expenditure in Commonwealth countries; and what form the proposed reductions will take;(2) why he is proposing to reduce British Council activities in Commonwealth countries; and what form the proposed reductions will take.

The Government are reviewing our diplomatic and other administrative services overseas with the object of reducing costs. It is too early to say what reductions in expenditure will be found possible or how far they may affect Information Services or the British Council in Commonwealth countries.