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Chinese Students

Volume 934: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many students from China have been trained in the United Kingdom in each of the past five years; how many in each subject; and what has been the average length of stay.

The number of students from China in the United Kingdom in each of the past five academic years and their disciplines are as follows:administered by the British Council— are as follows:

Academic YearNo.
1972/73Nil
1973–7411
1974–7515
1975–7615
1976–7717
(including two self-financed)
The average length of stay was 11 months.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British university sinologists of the rank of lecturer and above have spent a month or more working at institutions in China relevant to their disciplines in each of the past five years; and what has been the average length of stay.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British doctors, technical experts, business men, or academics have spent periods of a month or more in China advising on their speciality in each of the past five years; and what has been the average length of stay.

As the information requested cannot be provided without consultation with a wide range of organisations, I shall write to my hon. Friend as soon as it is available.