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Overseas Students

Volume 974: debated on Sunday 11 November 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what steps he proposes to ensure that poor students from developing countries are enabled to attend British universities following the proposed increases in fees for foreign students; and if he will make a statement.

Funds from the aid programme will continue to finance the training in Britain of a substantial number of overseas students from developing countries. As at present, the large majority of such students will be nominated by their Governments for selected courses within schemes of technical co-operation related to the manpower needs of the countries concerned. None of these programmes is aimed primarily at benefiting individual poor students; like other technical co-operation schemes they are designed to assist overseas Governments tackle social and economic problems by training key personnel. The future of the fee support scheme, which has been available to help a limited number of individual postgraduates, is under review. Aid programme funds will continue to help finance various scholarship schemes such as the Commonwealth scholarship and fellowship plan.