Council for British Research in the Levant: Finance

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 7th November 2022.

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Photo of Lord Austin of Dudley Lord Austin of Dudley Non-affiliated

To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to reconsider their funding of the Council for British Research in the Levant, given that Council’s decision to arrange a seminar by Dr Salman Abu Sitta at Edinburgh University on 8 November.

Photo of Lord Callanan Lord Callanan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government does not directly fund or have a relationship with the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL). The Government only has a funding relationship with the independent British Academy, who in turn fund hundreds of researchers across the humanities and social sciences, as well as eight British International Research Institutes (BIRI), including the CBRL. These connect researchers and support world-leading research. They are independent organisations, overseen by Boards of Trustees. However, the Academy undertakes regular reporting, evaluation and monitoring of their funding through which issues can be raised or assurances sought on any aspect of delivery.

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