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Chevening Scholarships

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2007 on Chevening scholarships, what criteria are used to determine the number of Chevening scholarships allocated to each country. (159708)

Following the recommendations from the River Path Review of the Chevening programme in 2003, Chevening scholarship allocations have been gradually reprioritised to be more aligned with our international strategic priorities. Allocations are decided annually on a country by country basis. New EU member states' allocations were reduced, further in line with earlier decisions to phase out Chevening for the most recent EU accession states (the A10) by 2008-09. These changes have had to take place incrementally over a number of years to keep step with the capacity of posts to identify good candidates and to manage a larger or smaller programme.

To reflect their strategic significance, the top priority countries (China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Russia, Nigeria, Egypt, Pakistan, Mexico, Iraq and Turkey) were allocated 40 per cent. of the total funds available for new scholars in 2007-08.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2007 on Chevening scholarships, what the reasons were for the number of scholarships granted to (a) Sri Lanka and (b) Malta. (159709)