British Council

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 17th December 2013.

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Photo of Lindsay Roy Lindsay Roy Labour, Glenrothes

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the value to the UK of the British Council; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The British Council is a valued institution making a significant contribution to the UK's strategic and foreign policy interests.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is currently conducting a thorough review of the British Council in accordance with Government policy on Triennial Reviews for all non-departmental public bodies. As outlined in the written ministerial statement of 16 July 2013, Hansard, columns 80-81WS, a Review Team has been conducting a wide ranging consultation and has gathered views from around 1,200 organisations and individuals, in the UK and overseas. They have studied all these contributions to evaluate emerging themes and views, prior to submitting conclusions and recommendations to Ministers. The review will then be published.

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