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Overseas Students (Grants)

Volume 35: debated on Wednesday 19 January 1983

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, following the decision of the House of Lords on 17 December 1982 relating to the definition of ordinary residence for the award of mandatory grants for higher education to overseas students, whether he plans any adjustment to grant-related expenditure to compensate for the financial effects for local education authorities or any exemption from financial penalties incurred solely on this account.

Authorities' GRE assessments for each year will be adjusted to incorporate actual expenditure on mandatory awards, net of 90 per cent. specific grant, once outturn information is available. No other adjustment will be necessary.No representations have been received from local authorities that increases in their expenditure arising for this reason should be disregarded in deciding whether they have met expenditure targets. My right hon. Friend would, of course, consider any such representations carefully.