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Lecture Tours

Volume 887: debated on Wednesday 5 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in how many countries his office has arranged for lecture tours by British citizens since March 1974; if he will name the countries, the persons and the length of each tour; and if he will state the total cost to public funds.

In the period 1st April 1974 to 31st March 1975 lecture tours by British citizens were arranged in 34 countries. Details are given below:


Mr. S. Walker and Mr. J. Marks Oxford Union Debating Society 6 weeks.

Australia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand

Lord Feather 4 weeks.


Mr. J. Marsh, British Institute of Management 4 days.
Lord Caradon, My hon. Friend the Member for Greenock and Port Glasgow (Dr. Mabon), The hon. Member for Aberdeen, South (Mr. Sproat) to East-West Conference 3 days.

Austria and Berlin

The Hon. Alistair Buchan 1 week.


Mr. T. Waldmeyer, Water Pollution Expert, DOE 2 days.
Mr. P. A. Eddison, Deputy Director, School of Advanced Urban Studies, Bristol 2 days.
Mr. E. Grebenik, Principal, Civil Service College 1 day.

Caribbean ( Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent)

Sir Norman Skelhorn, Director of Public Prosecutions 5 weeks.
Mr. A. C. Warman, Assistant (Crime) Home Office and Deputy Chief Constable of Kent 1 month.


My hon. Friend the Member for Hornchurch (Mr. Williams) 2 weeks.
Mr. Richard Douglas, former MP for Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire 4 weeks.


Professor Alan Harris, Imperial College 3 days.
Mr. C. Adamson, Consumers Association 1 week.


Mr. J. A. Likierman, Leeds University 2 days.
Dr. Roger Morgan, Chatham House 3 days.
Dr. Norman Perry, Social Science Research Council 3 days.
Dr. M. Abrams, Social Science Research Council 3 days.

Ghana and Nigeria

Mr. E. Tonkinson, Director, Institute of Personnel Management 1 week.


Sir Denis Wright 1 month.


Dr. Geoffrey Marston, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge 4 days.


Mr. D. A. H. Yates, St. Thomas' Hospital 1 week.

New Zealand

Mr. J. Marsh, British Institute of Management 1 week.

Sudan, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon

Mrs. Joan Robins, President, Home Economists of Britain 3 weeks.


Mr. Henry Bate, Vice-Chairman, Press Council 2 days.
Mr. Noel S. Paul, Secretary, Press Council 2 days.


Dr. Martin Chown, Standard Telecommunications Laboratories 1 week.


Mr. A. Archer, Environmental Protection Officer, City of Birmingham 1 week.

United States of America

The hon. Member for East Grinstead (Mr. Johnson Smith) 2 weeks.
Mr. Alex Morrison, Chief Executive, Thames Water Authority 3 days.
My hon. Friend the Member for Berwick and East Lothian (Mr. Mackintosh) 3 weeks.
Mr. Frank Giles, The Sunday Times 16 days.
Mr. J. M. Boyd, AUEW 2 weeks.
Additionally, in 10 cases lectures were arranged by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as extensions to private lecture tours. These arrangements extended the total number of countries by one—Kenya.
The total budgetary provision to cover all lecture tours for which the Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides speakers is £30,000.