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The Bureau's activities are at present limited to placing overseas students, on full-time and sandwich courses at colleges and universities in this country, into practical training vacancies with industry and commerce for vacation, sandwich, and graduate periods.
The Bureau's work is encouraged by the Ministry of Overseas Development and the Inner London Education Authority. It is intended to supplement the existing placing arrangements made by the colleges and universities and by the students themselves.
OVERSEAS TERRITORIES INCOME TAX OFFICE
Official Representative: J. E. Comben, OBE This Office was established in 1942 to act as Agent in the United Kingdom, under Colonial Income Tax legislation, for Commissioners of Income Tax in the various Territories and has continued to act for a number of countries which have since become independent. It deals with the assessment and collection of Income Tax payable by companies and pensioners resident in the United Kingdom and with general enquiries relating to overseas taxation, including questions of double taxation relief. It also runs training courses for overseas tax officials. It works in close liaison with the Crown Agents for Oversea Governments and Administrations.
The Ministry of Overseas Development is responsible for the recruitment of the senior staff of the Office, but it draws its finances from the administrations which it serves.
Vice-Chairman: M. H. Rowntree
Hon. Secretary: Dr F. C. James
Director: H. Leslie Kirkley, CBE The principal objects of Oxfam are the relief of poverty, distress and suffering in any part of the world—whether due to natural disaster such as famine or earthquake, to war or civil disturbances, or to lack of resources among the people involved.
Ways of achieving these objects include: providing food, healing, clothing, shelter, training and education and promoting research which in turn may help to relieve distress. Help--in the form of money grants and supplies of clothing, food and medicines—is sent to more than 90 countries and distributed to many kinds of agencies, without discrimination on grounds of race, religion, colour or politics. More than half the grants now go to long-term constructive schemes, designed to remove the causes of hunger, and raise living standards in the future.
Oxfam is registered under the Companies Act, 1948 and Charities Act, 1960. Bankers: Barclays Bank Ltd., The Old Bank, High Street, Oxford.
THE PAKISTAN SOCIETY
The President of Pakistan
Begum Liaquat Ali Khan, NI;
Begum Shaista Ikramullah; Professor Abdus Salam, sPk, FRS;
Lieutenant-General Mohammad Yousuf; H. H. Hood, KIH;
Hon. Secretary: Sir Harold Shoobert, ciE, ED, SPK
Hon. Treasurer: Sir Victor Turner, CSI, CIE, MBE The principal object of the Society, which was founded in 1951, is to increase knowledge in the United Kingdom of the arts, languages, literature, music, history, religions, antiquities, usages, institutions, customs and manners of Pakistan. Membership is open to men and women of all nationalities, there being Life and Ordinary members. In addition, Associate membership is extended to students or persons not resident in Britain, and Corporate membership to business firms and other bodies approved by the Committee. At the beginning of 1969 there were over 900 members, including 80 Corporate members.
Lecture meetings are held each month to which members are entitled to bring friends; the first five Prime Ministers of Pakistan have been among the speakers. The Committee also arranges certain other social functions, including an Annual Dinner; and joint meetings with sister associations are held from time to time. H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh was the Guest of Honour at the Annual Dinner in 1960, President Ayub Khan in 1961 and 1966 and H.H. the Agha Khan in 1962. The Society's Bulletin is published twice a year.
PERMANENT COMMITTEE OF THE COMMONWEALTH
COLLECTIONS OF MICRO-ORGANISMS
Chairman: Dr S. T. Cowan
Secretary: Dr J. M. Shewan
1946* recommended that a central Commonwealth organisation should be established for the maintenance of collections of type cultures and microorganisms. As a result of the Specialist Conference called in 1947† the Commonwealth Collections of Micro-organisms was established to foster the maintenance and extension of existing culture collections and to increase the general availability and use of cultures where necessary.
British Commonwealth Scientific Official Conference, London 1946. Report of Proceedings,
Cmd. 6970. † Specialist Conference on Culture Collections of Micro-organisms, London, H.M.S.O., 1947. The central administration takes the form of a Permanent Committee on which each member country is represented, with secretariat services provided by the Commonwealth Scientific Liaison Offices. Institutes maintaining culture collections prepare catalogues in a standard form, whilst Directories and Collections and Lists of Species maintained are published by CSLO through Her Majesty's Stationery Office at regular intervals.
Membership is open to member countries of the Commonwealth Scientific Committee.
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOUSE, OXFORD
Warden: P. P. Streeten
Queen Elizabeth House was constituted by Royal Charter in 1954. The new foundation owed its inception to a gift to the University of Oxford by the late Sir Ernest Oppenheimer for the development of Commonwealth and allied studies. It is centrally situated in Oxford in two adjoining houses on long lease from St John's College, one of which dates back to the early seventeenth century.
Under its Charter the House is a corporate body administered by a Governing Body consisting of a President, the Vice-Chancellor ex-officio and not more than twelve other members. The President and three members are appointed by Her Majesty's Government with the approval of the University of Oxford, the University appoints three, and the remainder (of whom one is a member of the Governing Body of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex) are appointed by the Governing Body. The Warden is appointed by the Governing Body with the approval of the Government and the University.
Queen Elizabeth House is a centre for political, economic, social administrative, historical, legal and other studies affecting countries in the process of development, both within and outside the Commonwealth. It provides a meeting place for persons especially interested in such studies and helps them to obtain access to the academic resources of Oxford. It works in close association with the Oxford Institute of Commonwealth Studies, which is housed in its premises and with which it shares a Warden/Director. It is a focus for development studies conducted at the University of Oxford; and provides residential accommodation for Visiting Fellows and also, where possible, for graduate students, university teachers, and others visiting Oxford for academic purposes from the Commonwealth and developing countries.
The Warden and Sub-Warden teach and conduct research, particularly on the international aspects of development and on the training of diplomats from developing countries. A research project of which the Warden is Chairman of the Steering Committee is studying the impact of private overseas investment on the balances of payments of less developed countries and is conducted jointly with the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.
Following an agreement with the University and the Ministry of Overseas Development, Visiting Fellowships at Queen Elizabeth House have been established to enable senior administrators in government, local authorities or public corporations, university teachers and members of the private sector from countries in receipt of British technical assistance to spend up to three terms residing in the House and undertaking study (on an ad hominem basis and not as members of the University) in their particular field. The fellowships began in Trinity Term 1968 and up to twenty will be awarded each year. These awards aim at enabling the potential leaders in developing countries to widen their experience and deepen their professional knowledge.
A one-year course is provided for diplomats—primarily from developing countries—under the aegis of the Oxford University Committee for Commonwealth Studies.
In the vacations special courses, conferences and seminars are organised and facilities are made available for residential courses in co-operation with other bodies. Amongst the former are courses for the Treasury Centre for Administrative Studies.
GCMG, TD, DL
J. G. Phillimore, CMG
CBE, Provost of Worcester College, Oxford Professor W. D. M. Paton, CBB
Secretary and Warden of Rhodes House: E. T. Williams, CB, CBE, DSO, DL
Rhodes House is the headquarters of the Rhodes Trust and lies immediately north of Wadham College on land acquired in 1925. The Trustees administer the Scholarships endowed under the 1902 will of the late Cecil Rhodes in accordance with the conditions of the Rhodes Trust Act of 1946. Some seventy Rhodes Scholarships, each of about £1,000 a year, are awarded annually and are tenable at Oxford by men drawn from the following areas: Australia, Bermuda, British Caribbean, Canada, Ceylon, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Malta, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rhodesia, South Africa, Western Germany and the United States of America.
Apart from the Warden's quarters, Rhodes House itself is not residential, the Rhodes Scholars (of whom there are usually some 180 up at Oxford each academic year) being distributed amongst the various men's Colleges of the University. In addition to the public rooms, the Rhodes House Library (Superintendent: L. B. Frewer: Oxford 55762) of American and Commonwealth history, which is an integral part of the Bodleian Library, is housed by the Trustees in Rhodes House.
RHODES MEMORIAL MUSEUM AND
Chairman of Management Committee: Lieutenant-Colonel R. J. Venn, TD, DL
Hon. Secretary: Arnold Bullough (Clerk, Bishop's Stortford Urban District Council) The Rhodes Memorial Museum has existed since 1938 when a Trust was formed to buy the freehold property known as Netteswell House, South Road, Bishop's Stortford, together with the adjoining house. Cecil John Rhodes, who was the son of the vicar, was born at Netteswell House on 5th July 1853 and was educated at the Grammar School in Bishop's Stortford. The money for converting the houses into a Museum was provided by the British South Africa Company, De Beers and Consolidated Goldfields.
In 1963 it was decided to redecorate, re-arrange and extend the Museum for the purpose of providing the first Commonwealth Centre to exist in a provincial town in Britain, and this was opened on 5th December 1963 by His Grace the Duke of Devonshire, mc, Minister of State for Commonwealth Relations. The capital needed for this extension was met largely by a public appeal launched locally and overseas; by donations from Rhodes Scholars throughout the world; by the generosity of mining companies associated with Cecil Rhodes in his lifetime; by donations from several Commonwealth countries; and by the support of the Bishop's Stortford Urban District Council.
The Museum is open from 10.0 a.m. to 4.0 p.m. except on Sundays and Public Holidays on which days it may be possible to obtain admission on application to the caretaker (Mrs A. Forth). Admission is free, a charge being made only in those cases where parties require a special guide.
THE ROYAL AFRICAN SOCIETY
President: Sir Charles Ponsonby, Bt, TD, DL
Secretary: Miss H. Heather The Royal African Society, a non-political organisation, was founded in 1901 in memory of Mary Kingsley, African explorer and writer, to foster and encourage interest in Africa, particularly in territories which form part of the Commonwealth; to form a link between those who are, or have been, concerned with Africa and to assist the study of African affairs in Britain. To further these aims, the Society publishes a quarterly journal African Affairs (which is sent free to all members of the Society and can also be purchased separately), arranges monthly lectures, conferences on Africa, social functions and provides access to a reference library and reading room.
While maintaining a scientific outlook, the Society aims specially at keeping the human interest in the forefront.
ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF
17 Devonshire Street, London WIN 2BQ
Deputy President: Vincent Fairfax, CMG
Honorary Treasurer: John Everall
Honorary Secretary: F. R. Francis The Society, which is in effect a federation of the national agricultural societies within the Commonwealth, came into being at a meeting of representatives of “Royal agricultural societies held at the English Royal Show in 1957, and