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Students (Exchange Visits)

Volume 35: debated on Wednesday 19 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has as to the number of students who have benefited from exchange visits under bilateral cultural arrangements with (a) the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, (b) other East European countries and (c) Third world countries in each year since 1972–73; and what projections are made of numbers over the next five years.

According to the best figures available, the following exchange visits* took place in the years in question under intergovernmental cultural agreements and programmes with (a) the USSR and (b) other East European countries:

USSROther East European Countries
YearTo USSRTo United KingdomTo East European CountriesTo United Kingdom
1972–73474029106
1973–7444344689
1974–7554345195
1975–76524846104
1976–77434756107
1977–78424370123
1978–79494361114
1979–80474470105
1980–81544468101
1981–8247414698
1982–83413840134
*Note: The figures given are for medium or long-term students and do not include language students attending summer schools or private language courses.
While it is not possible to predict future numbers with any certainty, they are expected to remain of the same order as in the past. In general cultural agreements with Third world countries do not provide for specific exchanges. It is not possible to give figures for Third world countries.