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Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many young people in Iran the British Council have helped to learn (a) English or (b) about the UK. (249292)

[holding answer 22 January 2009]: The British Council does not work directly with young people in Iran. However, by working with leaders in the field of education, the British Council has helped young Iranians develop both a more international outlook and connections with the UK that lead to better understanding of our country and culture.

In 2007-08:

8824 people participated in a range of British Council educational and cultural programmes;

2000 students from Iran studied in further and higher education in the UK;

17,406 educational enquiries were answered by the British Council in Tehran;

78,000 people visited the British Council website