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British Council: Languages

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by the British Council on promoting the (a) English and (b) Welsh language outside the UK in each of the last five years. (206870)

[holding answer 20 May 2008]: The following amounts have been spent by the British Council on the promotion of English language learning in each of the last five financial years:

£

2007-08

1195,597

2006-07

205,911

2005-06

190,419

2004-05

184,484

2003-04

181,731

1 Provisional

On behalf of the Welsh Assembly and through the British Council’s grant in aid, the following amounts have been spent in support of the promotion of the Welsh language outside the UK in the last four financial years, and has been allocated for the current financial year:

£

2008-09

64,100

2007-08

40,000

2006-07

55,000

2005-06

56,550

2004-05

53,000