Written statement to Parliament

Triennial Review of the British Council

The Triennial Review concludes the British Council is a valuable asset and makes a significant contribution to the UK’s international standing.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Rt Hon Hugo Swire

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mr Hugo Swire said: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will today publish the Triennial Review of the British Council. The start of the Triennial Review was announced by WMS in July 2013. The Review concluded that the British Council was a valuable asset to the UK in its promotion of the English language, UK education, arts and culture, making a significant contribution to the UK’s international standing. The Review recommended that the British Council should be retained as a Non-Departmental Public Body.

To improve transparency and accountability, the Review recommended that the British Council should strengthen its connections with UK government departments and other bodies representing British interests overseas. To address concerns around competition issues, the Review recommended exploring alternative delivery models for commercial activity. To this end, a cross-Government Steering Group will start work, in July 2014, to assess options and make recommendations to Ministers about a future operating model.

Copies of the report of the review will be published online and placed today in the Libraries of both Houses.

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Published 22 July 2014