asked the Lord Privy Seal (1) how many guides are employed by the British Council in the United Kingdom;(2) what are his plans for the future of guides employed by the British Council.
In London the British Council employs about 30 guides on a casual basis during the course of a year. Outside London guides are employed as and when required. Casual work will continue to be available to guides as hitherto, but on the reduced scale resulting from the reductions in the Council's expenditure in 1980–81. The estimated reduction in work involving guides is 25 per cent.