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Language Schools

Volume 978: debated on Friday 15 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will institute a study into the operation of language schools with a view to monitoring the extent to which they are used as a means of entry prior to illegal staying.

Inquiries are made whenever there are grounds for suspecting that any educational establishment may be engaged in deliberately facilitating the admission of bogus students, and the immigration rules provide for appropriate checks to be made on the bona fides of individuals applying to enter or remain as students. The proposals in Cmnd. 7750 will make it easier to prevent short educational courses from being used to prolong stay indefinitely.