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Overseas Students

Volume 976: debated on Tuesday 18 December 1979

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36.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what consultations he has had with the vice-chancellors concerning the proposed increase in overseas students' fees.

I met representatives of the Council of Vice-Chancellors and Principals on 15 October when the question of full-cost fees for new overseas students was discussed. They also wrote to me on the subject on 18 October and on 22 November.

41.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what reduction in the number of overseas students in Great Britain he estimates will be brought about by his latest proposals on fees.

No reliable estimate can be made of the effect on overseas student numbers of the Government's policy of full cost fees for such students beginning courses in the academic year 1980–81.

46.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what estimates his Department has made of the additional income which will accrue to universities, polytechnics and other higher education colleges as a result of the increase in fees for overseas students.

The Government's expenditure plans assume that new overseas students will pay the full cost of tuition. No estimate of future numbers of overseas students or income from their fees has been made.