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Overseas Students

Volume 31: debated on Tuesday 9 November 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has evidence that giving the full grant to overseas students to study in the United Kingdom has resulted in increased trade from the students' country of origin.

Independent studies have demonstrated no simple relationship between the number and origin of overseas students and trading patterns.


asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will review the charges made for university fees to overseas students with a view to providing some preference to students coming from the Commonwealth.

No. The cost of a general fee concession for Commonwealth students could not be met. The Government are, however, examining the study—"A Policy for Overseas Students"—prepared by the Overseas Students Trust and published in June 1982, which contains proposals for the support of Commonwealth students, and will be making a statement in due course.