Staff of the voluntary societies which send out the volunteers make overseas visits for this purpose.
Projects are settled by the Lockwood Committee and my Department in consultation on the request of overseas Governments.
With regard to reports, I recognise the interest of the House in this matter and I will be consulting the Lockwood Committee.
Does not the Minister agree that the bodies which he mentioned in the first part of his Answer, admirable though they are, are not always ideally qualified for inspecting work of this kind and there is a case for technically qualified inspection for this purpose? Is he aware that not only the House of Commons but the public at large is interested in and entitled to the fullest reports on the work of these volunteers both in order to ensure that knowledge of what they are doing is widespread and to encourage sufficient volunteers in the future?
The object of some of the recent arrangements I announced is to increase public knowledge and understanding. As regards inspection, we must bear in mind that we have no right to inspect these posts. The volunteers work for the Government of the countries to which they go. Continuing contact is, of course, kept by our own British posts abroad.