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Overseas Students

Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will reconsider the scheme to charge overseas students full rates for academic courses taken in the United Kingdom.

No. There is no reason why the taxpayer should subsidise all overseas students. The Government are committed instead to a policy of targeted support related to the needs of particular overseas countries and to British policy objectives. In 1984–85 over 16,000 students were supported at a cost of over £70 million.