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Overseas Students

Volume 888: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many people from overseas studied in Great Britain in the academic years 1972–73 and 1973–74; how many were at universities and how many at other higher educational establishments ; what is the total cost for this education; and how much of this is met from central funds and local rates respectively.

The number of full-time overseas students at universities and following advanced courses at other establishments of higher education in Great Britain is set out below. I am writing to the hon. Member about the other information, which is not available in the form requested.

Universities: 1972–73, 21,809; 1973–74, 25,708.
Advanced Further Education and Teacher Training:1972–73, 7,787; 1973–74, 9,731.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science(1) how many places at United Kingdom technical colleges have been requested for students from developing countries, and how many requests are from each country, for the year 1975–76;(2) what percentage of the requests from developing countries for places at United Kingdom technical colleges the United Kingdom will be able to satisfy in the year 1975–76;(3) which developing countries have requested places at United Kingdom technical colleges for their nationals for the year 1975–76.

I regret that none of this information is available, but, as I have told my hon. Friend, I am keen that our technical colleges should make a full contribution to the education of students from developing countries, and we will continue to keep the part they should play in this under general review.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the principal subjects studied by students from developing countries at United Kingdom technical colleges.

I regret that information is not available in this form and that to produce it would involve disproportionate cost.