§ Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the estimated annual saving from the withdrawal of British Council representation in the Gambia; what alternative arrangements are being made by the Gambia Government to make use of the library and other equipment being gifted to them; and what is the estimated annual cost of these alternative arrangements.
§ Mr. Maudling
The estimated annual saving is £7,000. The Gambia Government will maintain the centre, including the library and reading room. The British Council will continue to supply books and periodicals. It is hoped that the evening activities formerly organised by the representative will be started again later in the year. The cost of the alternative arrangements will be £2,000 a year.