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English Language

Volume 939: debated on Friday 18 November 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate she has made of the number of foreign students studying English language courses in the United Kingdom in, respectively, colleges recognised by her Department, and colleges not recognised by her Department; and how many colleges there are for teaching English not recognised by her Department.

In 1976–77 in England and Wales there were some 9,500 full-time and 800 part-time foreign students taking English language courses in independent colleges recognised as efficient by the Secretary of State. My Department does not collect information about the numbers of such students or colleges in the remainder of the independent sector. The position in Scotland is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.