British Council

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 20th December 2021.

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Photo of Navendu Mishra Navendu Mishra Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23 September 2021 to Question 51746, on what date professional services at the British Council were put out to tender, along with the facilities management roles which are due to transfer to Integral in 2022.

Photo of Navendu Mishra Navendu Mishra Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the impact of outsourcing the delivery of the Turing Scheme on the retention of skills and experience in the British Council.

Photo of Navendu Mishra Navendu Mishra Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will instruct the British Council to publish its business plan for its restructuring programme; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Navendu Mishra Navendu Mishra Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if she will make an assessment of the effect on the effectiveness of the Government's promotion of global Britain of the British Council removing its in-country presence from all but 25 countries.

Photo of Navendu Mishra Navendu Mishra Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what cultural affairs activity it will no longer carry out as a result of the reduction in size of the British Council.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The unprecedented impact of the pandemic required the Government to take tough but necessary decisions on the British Council's global presence and reinforced the need for the Council to do more to adapt to a changing world. We have allocated over £600 million since the pandemic hit to secure the Council's future. Final Spending Review allocations for 2022/2025 will be confirmed after the conclusion of the FCDO business planning process, after which future cultural and other programme activity will be decided. The British Council are in the process of finalising their future operating model, including how professional services will be delivered. Matters relating to workforce planning and talent management are for the British Council to determine.

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