To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps UK Trade and Investment takes to ensure there is no conflict of interest between the British Council's role in assessing and advising on applications for support for educational businesses and its role as a provider of such services.
I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
The British Council does not have a role in assessing UK companies applying for support to participate in UKTI-supported activities and events. All companies are subject to standard UKTI eligibility criteria.
UKTI and BIS have set up the Education UK Unit to help UK educational organisations and businesses access high value opportunities overseas. The unit will work closely with a broad set of stakeholders and, where there is any potential for conflict of interest, will take particular care to act even-handedly between different providers, public or private, large or small.