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British Council

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for reductions in British Council (a) posts and (b) capital works on its estates, as referred to on page 28 of his Department's Autumn 2008 Performance Report; and which posts have been identified for closure. (246264)

The ‘post reductions’ referred to in the Department’s Performance Report relate to jobs within the British Council’s global support services. Decisions on particular jobs will be determined by a review of the British Council’s support services, which will report in summer 2009. The review will consider how best to maximise efficiency and effectiveness from the Council’s support services through the consolidation of these activities into a small number of global hubs. The British Council’s capital expenditure related to its Global Estates will be reviewed within the same timescale.