Friday 28 March 2014


In response to the Report published today by the The House of Lords Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence, chaired by Lord Howell of Guildford, the British Council’s Director of Strategy, John Worne, said:

“We welcome this major report into UK soft power, which is of ever-growing importance to the UK’s global standing and our prosperity. Although recent events in the world might suggest otherwise, the power of attraction is the power we need more of in the ‘connected’ 21st Century. This report makes clear that the UK has deeply attractive soft power assets - not least those the British Council shares with the world: the English language, our education system, UK arts and our open vibrant culture.  We are pleased and proud to see the value of sharing those assets so thoroughly recognised.”

Notes to Editor

1. Embargoed copies of the report are available from the House of Lords Press Office on 020 7219 8550 or

2. The report will be available after publication on the Committees website here:

3. A timeline of the Committee’s evidence sessions during the inquiry is available online here:

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