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British Council: Finance

Volume 489: debated on Friday 13 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2009, Official Report, column 1413W, on terrorism: finance, how much the British Council plans to spend (a) in each country and (b) on each type of project in each of the three years from 2008-09 to 2010-11. (262406)

The British Council, received £6 million funding, over three years, for their Reconnect programme. The main aim of the initiative is to train 10,000 overseas young leaders at most risk of radicalisation or extremism. Decisions on particular funding allocations for countries or projects are based on a number of factors including the priority the Foreign and Commonwealth Office accords a particular country as well as the quality of particular project proposals. This programme will be monitored regularly to ensure it remains on track and will be evaluated on completion. The British Council has ongoing professional evaluation in place for all its programmes.