British Council

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, as part of the merger of the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to broaden the brief of the British Council to promote activities, including higher education, outside of the developing world.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State, The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The British Council has a global remit, covering both developed and developing world. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently provides the British Council with non-ODA funding as well as ODA through existing Grant in Aid, which supports British Council arts and cultural activity in over 40 developed countries, such as the recent UK in Japan Season of Culture.

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