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British Council: Expenditure

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the British Council spent in (a) Europe, (b) the Middle East, (c) South and Central America, (d) Africa, (e) North America, (f) Asia and (g) Australasia in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2006. (128814)

Since 2005 the British Council has organised its work overseas into 13 regions. We are therefore unable to provide the information in the exact categories requested by my hon. Friend. The total British Council spend in 2001-02 compared with 2005-06 in its 13 regions is shown in the following table. (All figures are at 2005-06 prices).

We have used 2001-02 figures because detailed 2000-01 figures could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

£ million

British Council spend

2001-02

2005-06

Central and Southern Asia

10.1

17.1

China and Hong Kong

21.1

24.1

East and West Africa

13.7

21.3

East Asia

36.6

36.8

India and Sri Lanka

11.5

14.5

Latin America and Caribbean

17.3

14.9

Middle East

16.1

20.2

Near East and North Africa

15.1

15.1

North and Central Europe

18.2

18.3

Russia

7.7

9.2

South East Europe

31.9

32.6

Southern Africa

9.4

11.5

West Europe and North America

50.1

55.9

Total

258.8

291.5