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Overseas Students

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimate he has made of the net gain or loss to the United Kingdom economy of providing places for overseas students in each year from 1976–1977.

No firmly based estimate is available of the net gain or loss to the United Kingdom economy due to the presence here of overseas students. The introduction of fees for overseas students covering the full cost of tuition will lead to annual savings in public expenditure of some £100 million.